Jury deliberates on Supervisor Efren Carillo's case

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ByWayne Freedman KGO logo
Friday, April 25, 2014
Sonoma Co. supervisor takes stand in peeping trial

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KGO) -- The jury is out in the case of a Sonoma County supervisor accused of peeping.

Efren Carillo admits he went to a neighbor's home wearing just his underwear and socks, looking for sex, but says he's not a Peeping Tom.

By late Friday afternoon, there was still no verdict. The jury began deliberating at 9 a.m. It appeared there would be a verdict at 1:30 p.m., then one juror sent a note to the judge saying he or she wanted to change his verdict. So they're still at it. They're still deadlocked 11-1.

The supervisor has not contested that on last July 13th, he entered the yard of a neighbor identified only as Jane Doe. It was 3:30 a.m. and he was dressed only in his underwear. He is accused of peeking into her apartment -- a charge the supervisor denies.

It's a case that has fascinated the community. Eferen Carrillo was seen as a rising star in California politics. Now, he has an image problem among constituents. Most think he should have resigned.

"Because I think he should answer clearly about what he has done and been lees circuitous about the way he's handled this thing," said Dennis Delee, a Sonoma County resident.

"I think when you have a position that is public, or whether you work in a church, I think you have a higher calling to have better moral behavior," said Kathy Edwards, a Sonoma County resident.

The jury could find the defendant guilty of peeking, which carries a maximum six month jail sentence. Or attempted peeking could mean three months.