Rapid City fetal homicide case moves closer to trial, expert tes - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City fetal homicide case moves closer to trial, expert testimony deemed relevant


A judge says the testimony of a toxicologist, a chemist and a gynecologist will be allowed at the trial for a man accused of fetal homicide.

State prosecutors say 35-year-old Alfredo Vargas put two "so-called" labor inducing herbs in his former girlfriends soda with the intent to kill her unborn child. Her baby was born healthy a few months later.

Another judge had previously rejected some of the state's "expert" witnesses. Charges were dropped then refiled.

Judge Kern also ruled that the testimony of two others (who say Vargas gave them labor inducing drugs) will also be allowed.

At another hearing set for later this month, Judge Kern will decide whether to suppress some evidence, specifically lab work, that the defense claims was mishandled.

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