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Defendant denies he raped woman

William Ferchland

Eduardo Galecia-Hernandez testified he did not rape a woman he allegedly provided free cocaine to, saying he was in Sacramento and saw the woman only once on the day she said she was sexually attacked.

Galecia-Hernandez continued his testimony Thursday morning from Wednesday afternoon, this time coming under cross-examination from prosecutor Lisa Serafini.

Galecia-Hernandez said he met the woman only once at Big Daddy’s Burgers on the evening of June 9 to give her 2.5 grams of cocaine for $100. Two grams was for a friend of the woman, who received free cocaine from Galecia-Hernandez, who she said kidnapped and raped her on June 9 at the Beverly Lodge.

The woman, identified as Jane Doe to protect her identity, testified earlier in the trial that she was kidnapped at knifepoint by Galecia-Hernandez around 5 p.m. as she was walking to work at Heavenly Village.

She was then allegedly forced to drive to the Beverly Lodge where Galecia-Hernandez lived with his wife, Jamie Lynn Olson. In room 202 of the lodge Doe said she was gagged and raped by her cocaine dealer while she was beaten, burned with cigarettes and forced to perform oral sex by Olson.

Olson’s trial is slated for next month. Both face life in prison if convicted.

Galecia-Hernandez testified his wife and Doe did not get along. He also said he was upset about Doe’s injuries but said she did it to herself.

“I never saw (the injuries) on her, really,” he said through a translator.

Wednesday’s trial had people on the stand who said they visited the room but didn’t see any signs of brutality.

Serafini hammered Galecia-Hernandez on the light of day when he said he met with the woman and asked numerous questions about his cocaine dealings.

Another witness for defense attorney Lori London, Christopher Gale, a DNA expert with the California Department of Justice, said there was no evidence of Doe from samples taken from Galecia-Hernandez and Olson’s fingernail scrapings.

Yet on cross-examination, Gale said Doe’s DNA could have been removed by washing, rubbing against clothes or other activities.

The trial will resume Tuesday in El Dorado County Superior Court. It could go to the jury on that day.


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