The bail for Jesse Leal Rodriguez, the Orange County gentleman accused of capturing at an occupied car or truck on a Norco avenue and suspected of numerous of the 100-additionally BB gun shootings on Southern California freeways this spring, will continue to be at $1 million, a decide ruled on Tuesday, June 15.
Robert English, an lawyer hired by Rodriguez’s relatives, had urged viewing Riverside County Top-quality Court docket Choose William R. Chidsey Jr. to reduce bail to $100,000. Deputy District Lawyer Phil Joo questioned Chidsey to maintain Rodriguez with out bail, or at the present-day $1 million at bare minimum.
In creating his conclusion, Chidsey noted the California Freeway Patrol’s belief, mentioned in an affidavit penned to receive higher bail, that Rodriguez was liable for at the very least six shootings. Chidsey mentioned that whilst no crashes and several significant injuries had been documented from the freeway gunfire, the consequences ended up most likely serious.
Rodriguez, 34, is jailed at Robert Presley Detention Middle in Riverside.
Rodriguez, who lives just outdoors of Anaheim, has pleaded not responsible to a few counts of attempted murder and 3 counts of assault most likely to cause terrific bodily injuries. The expenses were based on the three occupants of the Tesla that was fired upon on May well 25.
In a the latest jailhouse interview with the Southern California News Group, Rodriguez denied carrying out any of the shootings. He mentioned he experienced a BB gun in his automobile when he was arrested in Riverside for the reason that he experienced taken it away from his stepson, who alongside with his good friends experienced been capturing at “old females.”
In trying to get lowered bail, English explained to Chidsey that Rodriguez has resided in the place for 34 many years and lives with his spouse, 3 small children and his mom. English developed a letter of support from the operator of the plumbing enterprise that employs Rodriguez and explained the family members depends on his income. Rodriguez’s spouse does not get the job done outside the residence, and his mom has a occupation that pays only $15 an hour, English reported.
Moreover, English claimed, Rodriguez suffered a blood clot in his lung even though in jail that needed hospitalization, and that he thinks Rodriguez could receive better health care care out of custody.
Joo observed Rodriguez’s two felony firearms convictions (English had termed them “brushes with the law”) and explained Rodriguez is “an extraordinary risk to the general public.”
Rodriguez has not been charged with any of the other shootings that the CHP blamed on him.
“If there was true proof over and above speculation, they would have charged him,” English mentioned exterior courtroom following the bail listening to.
A preliminary listening to was scheduled for Sept. 20.