BOULDER, Colo. –
Attorneys today are arguing over whether a judge should allow women who say they were victimized by the man charged with killing University of Colorado student Susannah Chase in 1997 to testify during his murder trial.
Three women testified during a series of motions hearings earlier this month that they were either sexually assaulted or attacked by Diego Olmos Alcalde â who was arrested in January 2008 on suspicion of killing Chase after his DNA matched evidence from the Boulder crime scene.
Chase, 23, was brutally beaten with a baseball bat Dec. 21, 1997, and left to die in a downtown Boulder alley near her Spruce Street home.
Defense attorneys are fighting to keep Alcalde’s alleged former victims from testifying before a jury. They also don’t want prosecutors to be able to use statements Alcalde made after his arrest in a police car and in an interrogation room.
Judge James C. Klein could make a decision today.