Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Defendant eyes trial in stabbing case

Man allegedly assaulted girlfriend in Hailey


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Alberto Romero-Torres

A Sept. 6 jury trial remains on schedule for a 20-year-old Hailey man accused of stabbing his girlfriend in the stomach earlier this year.

"We're proceeding to trial, your honor," Hailey attorney Keith Roark told Blaine County 5th District Judge Robert J. Elgee at a pretrial conference Monday for Alberto Romero-Torres. Roark was assigned as public defender after Hailey police arrested Romero-Torres on March 16.

He allegedly stabbed the woman on March 13 during a domestic dispute at the couple's home at the Balmoral apartment complex in southeast Hailey. Romero-Torres was indicted by a Blaine County grand jury March 29 on a felony charge of aggravated battery.

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Hailey police reported in March that the woman was stabbed in the stomach and slashed in the left arm. She was treated for the injuries at St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center.

Romero-Torres remains incarcerated in the Blaine County jail on $75,000 bond. An immigration detainer filed by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency accuses him of being in the United States illegally.

The trial is expected to last four days.

"I just wish to note that we will need an interpreter throughout the trial," Roark told the judge.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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