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Court hearing Thursday in Efren Carrillo's burglary, prowling case

Embattled Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo will appear in court Thursday to face potential charges stemming from his weekend arrest on suspicion of burglary and prowling outside a woman's home.

Prosecutors are widely expected to request more time to evaluate whether the evidence supports allegations that Carrillo was trying to break into a woman's residence at about 3:40 a.m. Saturday to commit some kind of sexual assault.

Santa Rosa police delivered their investigation to the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office on Monday afternoon. A Napa County deputy district attorney, Cody Hunt, has been appointed special prosecutor to handle the case under the supervision of the state Attorney General's Office, spokeswoman Lynda Gledhill said.

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Gledhill would not say what, if any, charges Hunt would file at the hearing.

Carrillo is required to be present at the 8:30 a.m. hearing in Sonoma County Superior Court, Gledhill said. His defense attorney confirmed the second-term supervisor will attend the hearing before Judge Jamie Thistlethwaite.

Gledhill declined to release the police report Wednesday or comment on any of the allegations.

"The case continues to be investigated," she said. "Because of that we won't be giving out a police report nor would we comment on what he was arrested on or any other details of the investigation."

The 32-year-old supervisor, who represents west Sonoma County, was picked up wearing just underwear and socks by an officer responding to the woman's 911 calls about a prowler in the area, which was near his west Santa Rosa apartment.

Carrillo's attorney, Chris Andrian, said he believes the predawn events were "fueled by alcohol" and that Carrillo had no intent to sexually assault the woman. He may have merely wanted to share a drink with her, Andrian said.

Andrian said Carrillo either brought beer over to the home or was expecting to have beer there. He said Carrillo may have had beer with him at some time before police arrived.


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