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Old 11-10-2017, 12:40 PM
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Default Prosecutor's Office Press Release 11-10-17-Prosecutor Actions in Huizar Case

PRESS RELEASE
11/10/17

Details of the Pulaski County Prosecutorís Office
Actions in the Charles Huizar cases

A recent story done by Springfield television stations KY3 and KSPR contains claims that this office did nothing to assist a victim and is responsible for the Defendantís criminal conduct. The Prosecutorís Office understands that the victim is going through a difficult time and her anger and frustration are understandable. Unfortunately, the story did not review the Court records to see what, if any action, the Prosecutorís Office took in regards to this case. Below is a timeline of the events in this case:

On June 28, 2016, Mr. Huizar pled guilty to Domestic Assault in the Second Degree, was sentenced to serve seven years in the Department of Corrections, with the sentence suspended, and placed on five years probation. The victim was aware of this sentence, and requested that the no contact order that had been in place be lifted once Mr. Huizar was released from the Pulaski County Jail.

On February 28, 2017, the Prosecutorís Office filed the first motion to revoke Mr. Huizarís probation in this case. On March 10, 2017, the Court issued a summons ordering Mr. Huizar to appear in Court on April 6, 2017.

On April 6, 2017, the defendant appeared and requested a continuance and it was granted to May 3, 2017.

On May 3, 2017, the Defendant appeared and the Court ordered him to get a substance abuse evaluation and follow any recommendations of that evaluation.

On May 16, 2017, the Prosecutorís Office filed its second motion to revoke the defendantís probation.

On May 19, 2017, the Prosecutorís Office filed its third motion to revoke the defendantís probation.

On May 23, 2017, the Court issued a summons ordering the defendant to appear in court on June 7, 2017.

On June 7, 2017, the defendant appeared in court, and requested counsel after the Prosecutorís Office announced that it was seeking to revoke his probation and have his sentence in prison executed. The Court reset his case to August 8, 2017 for the defendant to obtain an attorney or apply for a public defender.

On July 11, 2017, the Prosecutorís Office filed the fourth motion to revoke the defendantís probation.

On July 25, 2017, the Prosecutorís Office filed new charges of Domestic Assault in the Third Degree against the defendant and requested a warrant for his arrest. A warrant was issued; the defendant was arrested and held in the Pulaski County jail in lieu of a $25,000 cash or surety bond. The Prosecutorís Office also requested a no contact order for the defendant to have no contact with the victim, which was granted.

On August 1, 2017, the Prosecutorís Office filed the fifth motion to revoke the defendantís probation.

On August 7, 2017, the defendant posted the $25,000 cash or surety bond and was released from the Pulaski County Jail.

On August 9, 2017, the defendant appeared in court, had a public defender appointed to represent him, and the case was set for September 6, 2017 for hearing.

On August 25, 2017, the Prosecutorís Office filed the sixth motion to revoke the defendantís probation.

On September 6, 2017, the Court set all of the defendantís motions to revoke for hearing on November 8, 2017. The State subpoenaed its witnesses, to include the victim, for this hearing. The State announced that it will object to any further continuances in the case and the Court informed the defendant that the hearing will be held on that date absent compelling reasons.

On October 13, 2017, the Prosecutorís Office filed the seventh motion to revoke the defendantís probation.

On November 7, 2017, the Prosecutorís Office filed new charges against the defendant for events that occurred that day. Those charges are Stalking in the First Degree, Tampering with a Witness, Property Damage in the First Degree and Harassment. The Prosecutorís Office requested another warrant and the Court issued a warrant with a bond of $500,000.

On November 8, 2017, the defendant failed to appear in Court and a capias warrant was issued.

The Prosecutorís Office met with the victim regularly in this case to keep her informed of the progress of this case and to listen to her concerns. The Prosecutorís Office understands and shares her frustration with the speed of the criminal justice system. However, for the story to say that the Prosecutorís Office has done nothing is incorrect.

The Pulaski County Prosecutorís Office takes domestic violence crimes seriously. These crimes are some of the most difficult in the criminal justice system. Due to the difficulty of these cases, this office has an assistant prosecutor whose sole responsibility is the prosecution of these types of cases.

The Prosecutorís Office remains committed to bringing Mr. Huizar to justice for his criminal conduct. The Prosecutorís Office has filed numerous charges and motions to revoke his probation and intends to go forward on all of these charges and motions. There are several warrants for Mr. Huizarís arrest. If anyone has any information on Mr. Huizarís location, please report it immediately to the Pulaski County Sheriffís Department or any local law enforcement agency.

The Prosecutorís Office reminds everyone that the defendant in this case remains innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Please direct all questions to Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman.
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