Alleged Kidnapping Case: Opening Statements
Tuesday morning the victim in an alleged kidnapping case took the stand and tells the jurors the suspects told him they kidnapped 'the wrong guy.'
After opening arguments were presented by the state, the victim was called to the stand. He recounted to jurors what happened back on May 2nd of 2011. In court, he pointed to the three men who allegedly kidnapped him from his home.
Sitting in court were the three alleged kidnappers: Abraham Linares, Romeo Hinojosa, and Carlos Zambrano. They are facing charges of aggravated kidnapping and engaging in organized criminal activity. Meanwhile, Zambrano also faces an additional charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
In his statement, the victim told the jury the three men pulled up outside his home, honked their horn, and, upon approaching the vehicle, pistol-whipped him and forced him into their truck. A sheriff's deputy patrolling Highway 359 pulled the vehicle over, removed the four individuals, including the victim who was then able to tell the deputy he had just been kidnapped. He was also able to lead deputies to the gun the suspects used in apprehending him.
In their opening arguments, the state told the jury this case is a simple case of kidnapping as the suspects were caught red-handed. On the other hand, the defense team deferred their opening arguments for a later time.
The case is expected to continue this week.