Jury selection continues in Tahoe rape case
The jury selection for the trial of Edwin Robert Carlevato continued Monday in El Dorado County Superior Court with 80 people showing up to be questioned by attorneys working the case.
The court has already cut a potential juror pool from more than 800 to 260.
Carlevato, 47, is charged with the 1999 kidnapping and sexual assaults of two South Shore women and the kidnap of a South Shore woman in 1998. He has been jailed in South Lake Tahoe since he was arrested Nov. 4, 1999.
Lawyers began questioning each potential juror this week in a closed jury room. The screening process is expected to continue until a jury is chosen.
The court issued a 15-page questionnaire to screen the hundreds of residents it initially called to jury duty. The questionnaire was due last Friday.
Judge Jerald Lasarow said in court that he hopes to have a jury seated by Wednesday and to begin testimony next week. The trial is expected to last four to six weeks partly because the witness list contains 76 people.
Defense attorney Donald Heape filed a motion for a change of venue because of publicity the case has received. The motion will be on hold until a jury is selected, he said.
In January, Carlevato pleaded not guilty to all charges, and last month he rejected a plea agreement with El Dorado County that would have sentenced him to a life term in prison. Carlevato could be sentenced to several life terms in prison if convicted on all counts.
Carlevato and his wife, a dispatcher with Jackson Rancheria Tribal Police, lived for the last nine years in Pioneer, a small community in Amador County off State Route 88.
Carlevato was arrested while working as a dealer at Jackson Rancheria Casino. Law enforcement agents made the arrest after he was identified as a rape suspect on a convenience store’s surveillance video.
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