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Prosecution Calls Sergio Juarez-Guiterrez to Stand

By: John DesRivieres Email
By: John DesRivieres Email
Sergio Juarez-Guttierez (right) and Spanish interpreter

Sergio Juarez-Guttierez (right) and Spanish interpreter

The trial against Raul Ponce-Rocha continues Thursday.

The trial began last week.

Prosecutors called more than 20 witnesses to take the stand, including an expert from the state crime lab who testified his DNA was found underneath 18-year-old Breanna Schneller's fingernails.

Then the defense called its own set of witnesses, starting with defendant.

Ponce-Rocha testified he and a man named Sergio Juarez-Guiterrez had a conversation with Breanna Schneller inside of her apartment the morning of her murder. As they went to leave he say Schneller grabbed his arm and that is how his DNA got underneath her fingernails. When police questioned Ponce-Rocha in the days after Schneller's murder, he never mentioned his encounter with Sergio and Breanna. During the state's cross examination, District Attorney Ken Heimerman pointed out that fact.

Shortly after 8:30 a.m., the state called Juarez-Guiterrez to take the stand. It was uncertain if Juarez-Guiterrez would take the stand as he moved back to Mexico May, 30 2009. He was brought back to Wisconsin Wednesday night. Thursday morning in court he testified he had left Wausau at 9:30 a.m. on May 2, 2009 to tax papers with his brother, Jorge.

Ponce-Rocha faces life in prison if convicted.

Closing arguements are expected Thursday.

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