WORTHINGTON -- At 2:31 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, the jury in the re-trial of Josue Fraga was sent into its chambers for deliberation. The jury will be sequestered until a verdict is reached. Following jury instructions early Wednesday, both the state and the defense had an opportunity to make closing statements. Fraga is charged with five counts of murder in the death of his 2-year-old niece, Samantha. On the morning of March 20, 2008, Samantha died due to severe head injuries.
WORTHINGTON — Sitting on the witness stand across the room from his brother Tuesday, Samuel Fraga was asked about issues he and his brother had growing up. “He sexually abused me,” Samuel said. “He put his private part in my back.” It was the seventh day of the re-trial of Josue Fraga, who is charged with murder in the death of his 2-year-old niece, Samantha — Samuel’s daughter. Midway through the seventh day, the state called its final witness, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) Agent Derek Woodford.
WORTHINGTON — Resting in the trash basket of the Fragas’ bathroom was used duct tape. In the first trial of Josue Fraga, that duct tape wasn’t deemed relevant. However, in the re-trial of Fraga — who is facing murder charges in the death of his 2-year-old niece, Samantha — that tape has suddenly become important. Last week, Fraga’s daughter testified to being taped to a chair in the bathroom and forced to watch as her father allegedly assaulted her cousin. On Monday, experts from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) testified about th
Read previous articles from the Fraga trial: Day 1 , Day 2 , Day 3 , Day 4 , Day 5 WORTHINGTON — A total of 34 witnesses have taken the stand so far in the re-trial
WORTHINGTON — In nearly four hours of testimony Friday , Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension crime scene team leader Kristine Deters said she found multiple places where feces and bodily fluids were present in the Fraga home in the days following 2-year-old Samantha’s death. It was the fifth day of the re-trial of Josue Fraga, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his niece, Samantha. Throughout the day, a total of seven people testified, including social workers and forensics scientists. Deters led the team that arriv
WORTHINGTON — In a tearful testimony Thursday, Josue Fraga’s only daughter testified to a pattern of sexual abuse. In the fourth day of the retrial of Fraga — who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 2-year-old niece, Samantha — his now 17-year-old daughter and oldest son were two of the seven witnesses who took the stand. Since the time she was very young, the daughter said, Fraga had forced her to have sex with him.
WORTHINGTON — Marisela Fraga testified Wednesday she was scared of her ex-husband because of the way he treated her. Taking the stand Wednesday in the third day of the retrial of Josue Fraga, who allegedly killed his 2-year-old niece, Samantha, Marisela said her ex-husband would hit her and not allow her to have many outside contacts. “I didn’t have any friends,” Marisela said through an interpreter. “I couldn’t talk to anyone.
WORTHINGTON — Born and raised in Minnesota, Scott Gigrich’s move to Worthington is a homecoming of sorts. “Just being raised and born here in Minnesota, I’ve been gone for about 10 years and wanted to get back close to the family,” Gigrich said. “The parents are getting a little older, and my brothers and sisters are up in the Cities area in the suburbs.” Gigrich was hired in mid-August as the code enforcement officer/housing inspector for the city of Worthington. His first day on the job was Sept.
WORTHINGTON — More details were presented Tuesday in the second day of the murder trial of Josue Fraga. During testimony of Worthington Police Detective Dave Hoffman, the interview with Fraga was shown and a letter from Fraga’s daughter outlining years of sexual abuse was read aloud.
WORTHINGTON -- As autopsy photos of his 2-year-old niece, Samantha, were being shown on a screen to his left, Josue Fraga looked away, occasionally wiping away tears. It was the first day of the retrial in the murder of Samantha, a crime Fraga was convicted for in May 2009. However, with new evidence coming to light, a retrial was ordered.