Peeking trial begins for Efren Carrillo in Sonoma County

Supervisor Efren Carrillo is charged with peeking into the window of a neighbor in his apartment complex.
April 22, 2014 7:08:06 PM PDT
Tuesday, a jury of 10 women and two men heard testimony in one of the more unusual criminal cases Sonoma County has seen in a while.

Supervisor Efren Carrillo is charged with peeking into the window of a neighbor in his apartment complex.

Carrillo never spoke in court; instead, he listened to testimony from a neighbor identified only as Jane Doe who described several meetings.

The meeting in question took place at 3:30 a.m. on July 13, 2013.

Jane Doe says she awoke to the sound of someone tearing at the screen of her bedroom window, ran into the living room where friends were sleeping.

She says she looked outside; saw the defendant shirtless with his hands on his hips. Then, he banged on the door.

She asked what he wanted and Carrillo said, 'a drink.' Shortly after that, police arrested him. Carrillo was wearing only his underwear and socks.

Carrillo's attorney, Chris Adrian, doesn't deny most of the facts. But, in the opening arguments, he reminded the jury that the charge is for peeking, when in fact, Carrillo just wanted to have a drink.

He says the screen of the window broke when the supervisor knocked.

As to why supervisor Carrillo was wearing only underwear and socks outside her apartment at 3:30 a.m., Adrian said Carrillo told police it was a warm night.

The case continues Wednesday with expected testimony from Carrillo.

He entered alcohol treatment facility after the incident and has publicly apologized for having a drinking problem.


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