The criminal trial of the man accused of killing a female South East End High School student has been delayed again “due to the gathering of evidence.” Abraham Lopez, 18, is facing a murder charge as well as assault and harassment charges after he attacked Cindi Santana, 17, with a knife. Santana had recently broken up with Lopez.
“We are waiting for medical records from the hospital,” said Roberto Rubalcava, the new prosecutor in the case, who recently replaced John Pomeroy because of a transfer. “We will have another pretrial hearing on August 1st.”
During the last pre-trial hearing, which took place on June 11th, both the prosecution and defense were still waiting for St. Francis Medical Center to send Santana’s medical records.
The length of time that it has taken for the court to receive the medical records was considered routine, according to Rubalcava. The prosecutor also added that delays in a murder case are common.
“Murder cases are serious,” said Rubalcava. “So it takes a while to gather all the necessary evidence.” South Gate Patch, 29 June 2012.
Santana’s family filed a civil suit in April against the LA Unified School District for “wrongful death, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.” Santana’s mother allegedly warned the principal of the school that Lopez was harassing Santana.