FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Jury deliberations are under way in the trial of a Vacaville teenager charged with raping and stabbing a 13-year-old girl and attacking her toddler brother.
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According to The Reporter of Vacaville, a Solano County jury took up the case against 16-year-old Alexander Cervantes on Thursday after attorneys made their closing remarks. Authorities say Cervantes broke into the girl's home in 2010, raped her and stabbed her dozens of times and stabbed her 18-month-old brother before falling asleep.
He allegedly told the girl he was taking revenge because her brother had snitched on someone.
Cervantes, who was charged as an adult, is facing counts including attempted murder, torture and aggravated mayhem. He has pleaded not guilty.
His attorney, Erin Kirkpatrick, told jurors Cervantes was drunk and rambling.
The Associated Press