The trial of Juan Carlos Diaz, 33, who was arrested in January on multiple charges of sexual assault has begun in the courtroom of Klamath County Circuit Court Judge Marci Adkisson.
Diaz is facing eight counts of first-degree sodomy, four counts of first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration.
The victim in the case is a female relative of Diaz, who was under 11 years old at the time of the alleged incidents.
Diaz is being represented by Stephen Hedlund and Deputy District Attorney Sharon Forster is prosecuting the case.
Hedlund has concluded his opening statements.
Judge Adkisson has dismissed the jurors. The trial will resume tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.
Deputy District Attorney Sharon Forster has concluded her opening statements.
Defense attorney Stephen Hedlund is presenting his opening remarks. He is claiming inconsistencies in the victim's story and a lack of significant evidence to support the state's case.
Hedlund says there was no physical evidence and the charges leveled against his client are the result of an overzealous investigating Oregon State Police trooper, Diaz' ex-wife poisoning the child's mind against him and jealousy over Diaz' new girlfriend.
The jurors have returned and Forster is beginning her opening statements.
She just revealed to the jurors that the victim in this case is a female relative of Diaz.
Final jury selection has been agreed upon between the two attorneys and the other potential jurors have been released.
The jurors have been given a break while the attorneys prepare their opening statements.
Deputy District Attorney Sharon Forster just concluded her questioning of potential jurors.
The two attorneys now have the option to dismiss up to six jurors each.
Deputy District Attorney Sharon Forster has requested the court record show that when she asked the room full of jurors about speaking to children about "good touch/bad touch," she asked if anyone had spoken to their kids about what to do if daddy touches them improperly. The only person in the room who raised a hand was the defendant.
Judge Adkisson informed Diaz that he was not allowed to answer questions at this time.
Deputy District Attorney Sharon Forster has begun questioning potential jurors.
When jury selection began, there were 71 people in Judge Atkisson's courtroom. At least 10 have been dismissed so far for various reasons.
Jury selection should be completed today with opening statements scheduled for later this afternoon.
Jury selection has resumed.
Defense attorney Stephen Hedlund continues to question potential jurors.
Judge Adkisson has called for a lunch break until 1:45 p.m.
Jury selection will resume at that time.