Suspects In Bay Area Lesbian Rape Case Enter Pleas

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) - Three suspects in the alleged gang rape
of a lesbian woman in Richmond have pleaded not guilty and are
likely to remain jailed until a judge decides whether there is
enough evidence to put them on trial.

Lawyers for 31-year-old Humberto Hernandez Salvador, 21-year-old
Josue Gonzalez and 16-year-old Darrell Hodges entered the pleas
Thursday to charges of kidnapping, carjacking, gang rape and sodomy
in the Dec. 13 attack.

Salvador also was charged with committing a hate crime, and his
lawyer said he was also pleading not guilty to that.

Authorities say the woman was taunted for being a lesbian during
the 45-minute assault.

A prosecutor says that with bails ranging from $1.9 million and
$2.2 million, the suspects are unlikely to get out of jail before
their March court date.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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