LOGAN — The three-day jury trial for Jose L. Almaguer, accused of raping a woman in June 2015, will proceed next month after a judge refused to postpone it again. The 33-year-old Logan man is already serving up to five-years in prison for intentionally shooting himself in the arm, prompting a neighborhood lock-down.
Court records show Almaguer appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon for a final pre-trial conference. He has been charged with one count of rape, a first-degree felony.
State attorney Barbara Lachmar asked the court to postpone the May trial date because the victim is planning on getting married a week later.
Judge Thomas Willmore denied the request and ordered the trial to begin on May 2.
In August 2016, Almaguer was sentenced to prison after previously pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony and 16 other misdemeanors.
The charges stemmed from an incident in October 2015, when Almaguer showed up at a woman’s home saying he shot himself. Police set up a perimeter around the neighborhood and placed several nearby schools on lock-down. Officers later found him hiding behind a home near 1394 North 290 West. He had what appeared to be a small caliber gunshot wound to his right wrist. He was hospitalized and later arrested.
Almaguer’s trial on the latest charges had been postponed previously so attorneys could work out a possible plea deal. There had also been difficulty, locating a DNA expert, who will be called as an expert witness.