An attorney for a Dothan man charged with 35 sex crimes requests a speedy trial or bond for his client, stating a forensics report shows DNA collected in the cases doesn’t belong to his client.
Emiliano Rodriguez, 40, of Dothan, has been jailed since his May 8, 2018, arrest, charged with 35 sex crimes, including 10 counts of second-degree rape, 20 counts of second-degree sexual assault, and five counts of second-degree sodomy.
Defense Attorney Billy Joe Sheffield recently filed a motion requesting a speedy trial and/or bond hearing. Sheffield stated his client was due a speedy trail, and that a speedy trial is intended to lessen any potential incarceration before trial. Sheffield also stated in the motion that the forensic report he received in discovery last week stated the DNA detected is from an unknown male and that the defendant is excluded from the match.
A Houston County Grand Jury indicted Rodriguez on Sept. 20, 2018, on charges that he had sexual relations with a female victim younger than 16 but older than 12, between December 2016 and May 7, 2018.
Rodriguez has been incarcerated for more than a year.
Rodriguez pleaded not guilty to the 35 sex crime charges in November.
A jury trial is scheduled for June 10, in front of Houston County Circuit Judge Kevin Moulton.