Abel Rodriguez faced a Fresno judge in early February after police cornered the wanted parolee, who had held a screwdriver to a woman’s throat then lead officers on a rooftop chase.
Mark Coleman, a Fresno criminal defense attorney with the Law Offices of Nuttall & Coleman, says attorneys representing Rodriguez will have some obstacles to overcome from the start because of the character of the eyewitness testimony. “It looks like (the woman) positively identified him. That’s very hard to beat; Eyewitnesses are very convincing. The second thing that’s very important is his acts after leaving, which is running from rooftop to rooftop.”
Coleman says the aggravating factors, prior violent criminal convictions and gang involvement will be additional issues the attorney who represents Rodriguez will have to confront. “The other thing is the character of the act, that he held a screwdriver to her neck, threatened her. And in addition to that, he threatened to come back if she testified against him and kill her after he got out of jail. That’s an additional crime,” Coleman said.
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