COVID-19 & Service Calls for Crime

A patrol car unit with the El Centro Police department stops on Main St. at the corner of Imperial Ave. in El Centro. 

EL CENTRO — Alejandra Hurtado, the El Centro Police Department officer charged with violating PC 236 (False Imprisonment) and PC 245(a)(4) (Assault: Deadly Weapon — by means of force/produce great bodily injury), was scheduled for a readiness conference Monday, November 16, at the Imperial County Superior Courthouse in El Centro.

Both parties announced ready, but the prosecution requested to trail the matter to a later date due to witness complications.

According to the district attorney, one or more witnesses was potentially exposed to COVID-19 and therefore, due to pending test results, the witnesses were unable to be present in the courthouse.

The Honorable Judge L. Brooks Anderholt granted the extension but advised prosecutors the set-time window allocated to the case may be cut short due to the postponement.

The defense objected on the grounds of right to a speedy trial.

All parties were ordered to return to court Monday, November 23.

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