Arredondo Trial Continues: Grandmother Says "He Didn't Do It"
Mar 30, 2012 at 4:56 PM CST
Mar 30, 2012
He couldn't have done it. That’s what the grandmother of Jose Arredondo is saying about the crime authorities said he committed. He’s on trial for sexually abusing and murdering two-year-old Katherine Cardenas. And the evidence is mounting against him. Our Annette Garcia has been covering the trial and has the details of today's testimony. “I see him and can't believe it.” Rosa Ramirez says she's disgusted by what prosecutors say her grandson Jose Arredondo did. But she does not believe he sexually abused or murder baby Katherine Cardenas. Arredondo lived with his grandmother. She says he never misbehaved at her home. And she says young girls lived with there too and he never crossed the line with them. But as difficult as it's been for her to believe, evidence is mounting against her grandson. Katherine’s mother Norma Paty Olguin testified Friday morning, telling the jury Arredondo had come to her home asking for sex that night. She says she refused and fell asleep. In court the mother was handed the blanket Katherine was laying on top of the last time she was seen alive. Olquin took it in her hands and without any visible emotion passed it back to prosecutors. She said she didn't know what happened after she fell asleep that night and that she never heard Katherine cry or scream for help. But hours later she was dead. A police investigator testified of the phone calls between Arredondo and his father in the days after. And the one in which Arredondo confessed saying to his father he had killed baby Katherine. The defense also helped in telling the story. One of a torn home, where Katherine's older sister claimed she was sexually abused by her older brother. Where children slept on the floor. And where several pornographic magazines were scattered though the home. The courtroom was packed with family members of either Jose Arredondo or Katherine Cardenas. And other people tied to the case in some way, but there were also many people who are just members of the community who wanted to hear testimony for themselves for hand. Arredondo's grandmother asks that those watching the much-anticipated trial not judge her grandson. She says only god can judge. Annette Garcia pro 8 news. And as a side note to the case, you may remember, Katherine's mother had been in jail. She served two years for endangering a child. After she served those two years she lost her residency and was deported to Nuevo Laredo. Her surviving six children now live with family in Tyler, Texas. Trial will continue next week.