Toxicologists to testify against fetal homicide suspect - KOTA Territory News

Toxicologists to testify against attempted fetal homicide suspect


State prosecutors say they're confident their second attempt to charge a Rapid City man accused of attempted fetal homicide will warrant a conviction.
Alfredo Vargas, 35, is charged with attempted fetal homicide or an alternative charge of procurement of abortion.

Previous charges against Vargas were dropped earlier this year when Judge Mary Thorstenson rejected a state herbologist witness.

Seventh circuit Judge Janine Kern has been assigned to the new case.

Deputy State's Attorney Scott Roetzel says the state plans to call new medical experts, including toxicologists and an Obstetrician/Gynecologist to testify about the herbal substances allegedly used by Vargas.

A former friend of Vargas, who claims he once gave her the same alleged abortion inducing herb, will also testify.

The defense plans to file motions to bind the court to rulings made previously by Judge Thorstenson regarding certain witnesses.

Vargas lives in Arizona and has been released on a $15,000 bond. He is required to attend his next hearing on January 7th.

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