Carlevato Jury expected to begin deliberations |

Carlevato Jury expected to begin deliberations

Gregory Crofton

The defense argued Monday that there is no real evidence against Edwin Carlevato. The prosecution claimed testimony from the three alleged victims is enough to convict the defendant of 10 felony counts.

Closing arguments ended at 2:30 p.m. The jury, 8 women and four men, are expected to begin deliberations today in El Dorado County Superior court.

Carlevato, 47, a former poker room supervisor at Jackson Rancheria Casino, is charged with 10 felonies stemming from three cases. He is accused of kidnapping and raping a woman, forcing a woman to orally copulate him, and trying to kidnap a third woman.

Two of the alleged victims said their attacker stranded them in the middle of the night on State Route 89. All of the assaults were allegedly made at gunpoint.

Originally the defendant had originally been charged with 11 felonies. During the course of the trial one felony count related to the attempted kidnapping was dropped. If the jury finds him guilty on all counts, Carlevato could be sent to prison for several life terms.

Deputy District Attorney Peter O’Hara told the jury Monday to remember that just because the defendant testified the sex was consensual doesn’t mean his story “magically becomes authentic.”

‘Folks, the ball game is really over,” O’Hara said. “We have one truth and we have yet to hear it from the defendant. There’s really nothing to say. It’s over. The only reason we are here is because defendant came up with a desperate defense. The only reason we are here is to honor the system.”

Court-appointed defense attorney Donald Heape said his client was a convenient person to pay for the alleged crimes.

“All their efforts were put into efforts to prove their first hunches,” he said. “It is no crime to have consensual sex in a car in the country if your a married man. It may be stupid.”

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