Jury finds man guilty in attempted fetal homicide case - KOTA Territory News

Jury finds man guilty in attempted fetal homicide case

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A jury reaches a guilty verdict in the case of a man accused of attempted fetal homicide. 36 -year-old Alfredo Vargas was found guilty of trying to make his ex-girlfriend have a miscarriage by spiking her soda with labor inducing herbs.

Prosecutors said the scientific evidence was helpful in this case. Deputy State's Attorney Scott Roetzel said he thinks the deciding factor for the jury was the statements Vargas made to family and friends a bout not wanting a baby.

Vargas faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison. He will be sentenced on November 4th.

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A jury is now deliberating in the case of a man accused of attempted fetal homicide. 36-year-old Alfredo Vargas is on trial for allegedly trying to make his ex–girlfriend have a miscarriage by spiking her soda with labor inducing herbs.

Friday morning the defense and State gave their closing arguments. The State says evidence, including a recorded phone conversation with Vargas and his wife, shows that he had knowledge of the herb. They also say evidence shows he didn't want his ex-girlfriend to have the baby, so he had the intent to harm the fetus by poisoning her.

The defense says the entire case hinges on the ex-girlfriend's word. Vargas' attorney, Paul Winter, says his client is a father and a grandfather and is not the kind of person who would do such a thing.  

Vargas faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison if he's found guilty.

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