New evidence overturns conviction; new trial called
WORTHINGTON — Josue Fraga, whose conviction in the 2008 murder and sexual assault of his 2-year-old niece was later overturned, had bail set Wednesday at $1.5 million without conditions and $1 million with conditions during a hearing in Nobles County District Court.
WORTHINGTON — Josue Fraga has been in prison for three years, which is one year longer than his niece’s life lasted. Samantha was murdered in March 2008, and Fraga was convicted for her death in May 2009.
WORTHINGTON — Back in 2009, shortly after being convicted of first-degree murder, Josue Fraga claimed to be innocent in the death of his 2-year-old niece Samantha, despite all the circumstantial evidence that pointed toward him.
Evidence involving eldest son introduced
WORTHINGTON — The possibility of a new trial for convicted murderer Josue Fraga is being explored after evidence has been introduced that suggests Fraga’s eldest son may have sexually abused the victim shortly before the time of her death.
Medical examiner first to take stand after opening statements
WORTHINGTON — Dr. Victor Froloff, assistant medical examiner at the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office, testified in Nobles County District Court that he suspects damage found on Samantha Fraga’s face was caused by someone putting a hand over her mouth to keep her quiet.
Day one of trial of accused murderer Fraga
WORTHINGTON — Opening arguments will begin today in Nobles County District Court in the trial of Josue Fraga, accused of murdering his 2-year-old niece Samantha in March 2008.
WORTHINGTON — Two down, 12 to go.
After four hours of questioning prospective jurors, attorneys gave the nod for two out of the six people interviewed to sit on the jury for the Josue Fraga murder trial.
WORTHINGTON — After spending more than one year in jail since his initial arrest, Josue Fraga made an appearance in Nobles County District Court Tuesday in preparation for his jury trial, which is scheduled to begin April 28 and continue for up to three weeks.
Prosecution files notice of an additional offense to be
offered at trial
WORTHINGTON — Public Defender Cecil Naatz filed a motion asking Judge Timothy Connell to dismiss the first-degree murder indictment against his client, Josue Robles Fraga, stating certain evidence was not disclosed to the grand jury but inadmissible evidence was.
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