Detective In Villegas Case Takes The Witness Stand
POSTED: Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 8:38pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 9, 2011 - 10:51pm
Convicted killer Daniel Villegas came face to face Thursday with the detective he claims forced him to confess a double murder.
Villegas maintains his innocence, and on Thursday his defense team cross-examined the detective in court.
Detective Alfonso Marquez testified that he does agree people do often times falsely confess to a crime they didn’t commit.
Marquez admitted there were multiple men who confessed to the crime. He says his office thought that people were only claiming to be responsible for bragging rights.
Defense attorney Joe Spencer tackled many key issues in court he feels the detective overlooked.
Spencer questioned Marquez about why he never visited the home where the 9-1-1 call was made. Marquez testified this would have been helpful to see the distance from where the caller stood, to where the shell casings were.
Another issue Spencer brought up was how one of the people Villegas allegedly told police he was with the night of the murders was in prison at the time.
Spencer also got Marquez to talk about how crime scene evidence showed that all shell casings were in one area. According to Villegas’s statement, he was running with the gun while shooting. Marquez admits Villegas’s statement contradicts what was found at the scene.
Marquez testified it was difficult to recount the details about the investigation because it was 18 years ago. Marquez stated that the only things he remembers is what he reads in his transcripts.
Marquez was on the witness stand for almost seven hours on Thursday. He will be back on the stand Friday morning.
The defense is also expected to bring in an expert on false confessions.