Couple accused of kidnap, rape
A husband and wife accused of kidnapping and raping a woman two months ago have petitioned a judge in their case to fuse their trials while complaining how their case is being handled.
Eduardo Galecia-Hernandez and Jamie Lynn Olson of South Lake Tahoe face life in prison if convicted on charges including kidnapping to commit another crime, forcible rape, false imprisonment by violence and forcible oral copulation in events that happened sometime on June 9 and into June 10.
Both are being held at El Dorado County Jail at $1 million bail each and are housed apart from the majority of inmates based on their charges, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Lt. Randy Peshon said.
The search warrant and original criminal complaint have been sealed by a judge’s order to protect the South Lake Tahoe woman’s identity.
It is unknown where the woman was allegedly kidnapped and assaulted and how she got away.
Earlier this month a defense motion filed by Lori London, Galencia-Hernandez’s attorney, was granted to separate trials for the two. In letters to the court, each stated they wanted combined trials.
“My wife and I are accused of acting in concert (thus) we wish to go to trial ‘in concert,'” Galecia-Hernandez, a 26-year-old born in Mexico City, wrote.
The pair is accused of using a knife during the commission of some of the alleged crimes which is considered as a special allegation and adds a sentencing enhancement of 25 years to life.
County deputy district attorney Lisa Serafini wrote “after the husband brought the victim to the wife by way of carjacking (the woman) at knife point, the two proceeded to humiliate the victim and violently sexually molest the victim. After a night that the victim thought she would not live through, she was taken to another location to be intimidated into not making a police report.”
Olson’s attorney, Paul Palant, limited his words when contacted Thursday.
“It’s a very bizarre case,” he said. “That’s the extent of my comment.”
In a June 11 interview lasting nearly six hours with at the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, Olson gave incriminating statements about her husband and herself, according to a motion filed July 25 for separate trials by London.
Two days after the first interview, Olson essentially recanted her earlier statements in a 35 minute meeting with authorities, London wrote.
“I was tired, scared and wanted to go home to my son,” Olson, a 27-year-old born in Thousand Oaks, Calif., wrote in a letter.
Olson said she was coerced to make statements that suited authorities during the lengthy first interview, according to letters she wrote to the court in pledging her innocence.
“I know that when I was first arrested that I had stated that I saw this happen but I was not telling the truth,” Olson wrote.
Explaining she is expecting her second child with her husband, Olson wanted to be released into an electronical-monitoring program. She envisioned she would be forced to testify against her husband in separate trials.
“I can not testify against my husband because it would make me the same as this girl (who is) not telling the truth,” Olson stated. “I can’t put him away for something he did not do.”
Due to Olson likely having a nine-day hospital stay to give birth, a Sept. 12 jury trial expected to last nine days we canceled. A hearing on Sept. 6 at 8:30 a.m. is aimed to determine trial dates for the two.