Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Trial set in Hailey stabbing case

3 defendants indicted by grand jury

Express Staff Writer

Top:Andres Valdez Middle:Isaac Jauregui-Ramos Bottom: Carlos Gonzalez Jr.

    A jury trial is set to begin on Dec. 9 for three men accused in the stabbing of a Hailey man during a disturbance near his home in southeast Hailey on May 26.
    The three suspects were arraigned Monday before Judge Robert J. Elgee in Blaine County Fifth District Court. Arraignments followed issuance of a Blaine County grand jury indictment against the three on June 30.
    All three defendants are charged in the indictment with felony and misdemeanor crimes. Hailey police reported earlier that during the disturbance Christian Aguirre, 26, was battered in the head and stabbed in the lower back. He was flown by emergency helicopter to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. He was released later that week. Police also reported that Aguirre’s wife, 26-year-old Kimberly Martinez, was battered and that all three of the suspects obstructed police who responded to the disturbance near Aguirre’s home at the Balmoral apartment complex.
    Andres Valdez, a 21-year-old Hailey resident, was charged in the indictment with aggravated assault, a felony, for allegedly “striking Aguirre in the head with a piece of asphalt.” The crime is punishable in Idaho by up to 15 years in prison.
    Carlos Gonzalez Jr., 20, of Gooding, is charged with aggravated assault for allegedly “stabbing Christian Aguirre with a knife causing a wound to the left upper lumbar area just about the pelvis and a stab wound to his upper neck.”
    Isaac Juaregui-Ramos, 18, of Gooding is charged with aiding and abetting aggravated assault for allegedly “assisting Carlos Gonzalez Jr. and Andres Valdez in the kicking, punching, striking with a piece of asphalt and stabbing of Christian Aguirre with a knife.” Aiding and abetting aggravated assault is also punishable in Idaho by up to 15 years in prison. Juaregui-Ramos is further charged with misdemeanor battery, punishable by up to six months in jail, for allegedly using “force of violence against Kimberly Martinez” by “hitting her in the right eye and choking her.”
    All three suspects are also charged with the misdemeanor crime of obstructing police.
    All three suspects are currently free on bond.

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