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Cocaine, torture and rape alleged

William Ferchland

Discussion revolved around acrylic nails while more than a dozen pictures of a woman brutalized flashed before a jury as the trial into a man accused of kidnapping, raping and beating her opened Tuesday.

Two interpreters rotated duties in translating for Eduardo Galecia-Hernandez, a 27-year-old who faces life in prison if convicted on charges including kidnapping to commit another crime, forcible rape, false imprisonment by violence and forcible oral copulation.

After Galecia-Hernandez’s expected three-week trial, his wife, Jamie Lynn Olson, will face a different jury. Olson, also 27, is charged with basically the same crimes.

She sat next to her attorney, Paul Palant, on one side of the gallery. Both wore plainclothes, to avoid prejudice by jury members, and knee braces, to prevent escape, during the trial.

Galecia-Hernandez is accused of kidnapping a woman he provided free cocaine to and bringing her to a room at the Beverly Lodge on the night of June 9. While keeping her there for about 12 hours, he allegedly raped and beat her and forced her to give oral sex to his wife, who is also charged with sexual battery.

In El Dorado County Superior Court, the woman was referred to as Jane Doe to protect her identity. Pictures of her injuries were projected onto a screen during the opening statements of El Dorado County Deputy District Attorney Lisa Serafini.

While the attack was going on, Serafini said, the couple’s 18-month-old son was also in the hotel room.

“This man, the defendant, and his wife in front of this child brutalized this woman,” Serafini said.

The woman was gagged and her hands were bound, Serafini said. Her body was “carved into” with sharp objects.

Galecia-Hernandez’s attorney, Lori London, said the woman would consume 2 to 3 grams of cocaine a day and smoked cocaine before going to work June 9. During the attack, a pizza was delivered to the hotel room, Jane Doe used a cell phone and a cocaine deal occurred, London said.

Despite an investigation “very much like ‘CSI'” by authorities, no weapons or fingerprints were found, London said.

“There is not one iota of physical evidence to corroborate Jane Doe’s story besides Jane Doe and her (injuries),” London said.

Jane Doe is expected to testify.

Two nurses from Barton Memorial Hospital took the stand Tuesday, with Nicole Koller taking most of the time.

Koller, who examined Jane Doe, went through more than two dozen photos describing injuries from scratches to marks possibly made by a lit cigarette on the woman’s body. Injuries were on the top of the woman’s head, the corners of her mouth from possibly a gag, both sides of her torso and her thighs.

Pictures also revealed vaginal abrasions from forced sexual intercourse.

Another showed three possible burn marks forming a triangle on the woman, which was the same gang-style tattoo on Olson’s left hand.

Some bruises had imprints similar to a hand or fingers.

The injuries were evident although Jane Doe showered, cleansed her mouth and ate a meal. Koller said such activities would diminish DNA evidence and other useful information.

During cross-examination by London, Koller said the woman had methamphetamine and cocaine in her system, along with the Vicodin and Valium the nurse provided the woman.

Koller testified some of Jane Doe’s injuries were caused by a sharp object such as a knife or broken acrylic nail, which Olson had on her thumb.

London asked Koller if she would know the difference between a cut caused by a natural or harder acrylic nail.

“If both (cuts) are jagged it would be difficult to tell apart from the depth,” Koller said.

Testimony will resume today at 9 a.m. before Judge James Dawson.


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