HOLTVILLE — Jury selection was scheduled in Superior Court on Jan. 15 in the trial of a man charged in connection with a 2018 incident in which a county Sheriff’s Office deputy was allegedly assaulted and shot at in Holtville, a county prosecutor said.
Alex Padilla, 39, of
Holtville, faces numerous felony charges, including attempted murder of a peace
officer. He was arrested Nov. 28, 2018, after a deputy reported a man he
approached on a Holtville street assaulted him, wrested away his gun and fired
at him before fleeing in the deputy’s patrol car.
Following a frantic
search Padilla was soon arrested without incident inside a nearby church where
dozens of evening worshippers were gathered.
Jury selection was
expected Jan. 15 with opening statements and testimony coming Jan. 21, said Twyla
Johnson, a deputy district attorney. The trial was to be dark on Jan. 16-17 and
again on Jan. 20 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, she said.
The case is being heard
before Judge Marco Nunez, according to the court calendar.