Violent crimes top court docket
by Pete Skiba
Feb 08, 2014 | 1969 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Violent crimes go to a docket call in Seventh Circuit Court Judge Carlos Mendoza’s court Monday.

The docket lists cases involving a brutal sexual assault, attempted murder of a law enforcement official, domestic battery by strangulation, DUI homicide and sexual battery of a child.

State Attorney Office spokeswoman Klare Ly said, “Docket call is a court proceeding where both the state and defense declare their readiness to proceed to trial. Usually, a trial date is set for specific cases.”

In a long-running case, Assistant State Attorney Christina Opsahl said she believes accused sexual batterer Elmer Bowman should go to trial following the docket call.

Bowman, arrested on April 12, 2011, faces charges he bound a 26-year-old woman by her ankles and wrists and inflicted brutal assaults on her.

Bowman also has 23 counts of child porn possession against him. Through a series of legal motions and arguments involving, among other points, the admissibility of evidence, the trial has been frequently postponed.

Opsahl said, “Bowman is set, and hopefully still on track.”

The docket also includes Jorge Luis Santiago-Rodriguez, accused on the April 29, 2012, first-degree attempted murder of a Putnam County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

Also involved in attempting to shoot the deputy that day, Kenny Alberto Cruz-Rodriguez remains charged with the same crime. He faces a pre-trial 9 a.m. Thursday. Ly said, “Pre-trial is held throughout the case, like a status hearing for the judge.”

On other docket calls and warrants, George Denson Jr. faces charges of domestic battery by strangulation, aggravated assault with a firearm, attempted first degree arson, false imprisonment and attempting to influence a woman to drop charges or “he would kill her.”

Victoria S. Higginbotham remains on the docket facing a felony DUI homicide charge in the death of Landon Teitloff on Dec. 31, 2011.

Jeffrey Short heads to the docket call on capital felony charges for molesting a 9-year-old child about five separate times while she spent nights at his residence between July 27, 2011 and Oct. 26, 2012.

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