Man Wanted For the Rape Of 2 Women Turns Himself In

A man wanted for the rape of two women that occurred earlier this week has turned himself in according to Scottsdale Police.

22 year old Ryan Joseph Festa reportedly saw the sketch that was broadcasted across media outlets in Scottsdale and after speaking with his criminal defense attorney turned himself in to the Scottsdale Police Thursday night.

According to Police, Festa entered a Camden San Paloma apartment through an unlocked patio door. While inside the apartment he sexually assaulted the 49-year-old female resident. Festa entered and exited the apartment completely naked.

Festa then allegedly entered another apartment in the Saddletree complex through another unlocked patio door. This time Festa sexually assaulted a 29-year-old female resident of the apartment. The victim was injured as she fought to escape and managed to scratch the intruder’s face and forehead in the struggle. The suspect was described as a black male between 5’6″ and 5’8″ tall, thin build, and in his late teens or early twenties.

Neighbors say they saw someone fitting the description lurking in the bushes around the complex yet failed to notify police. It is believed that the suspect stalked or watched his victims before the attack.

Judge Sets Court Date for Trayvon Martin Case

Murder DefenseJune 10, 2013 will be the start of the long anticipated murder trial for George Zimmerman.

The former neighborhood watch volunteer is facing charges for shooting and killing 17 year-old Trayvon Martin inside a gated community in Sanford, FL back in February.

The murder has been the recent center of national attention due to what some feel had racial implication and a questionable state law.

The stand-your-ground law, which the criminal defense lawyer is using to justify Zimmerman’s reaction, gives Florida citizens the right to use force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of an unlawful threat.

In this case, Martin was shot and killed while visiting a friend within the complex and was found with only candy and a soda in hand.

The case, which had already suffered several delays, was more recently delayed due to a change in judge. Circuit Court Judge Debra Nelson will be presiding over the trail after the previous judge had allegedly made disparaging remarks about Zimmerman’s character during the bond hearing.

The trial is expected to last no more than three weeks and garner an immense amount of attention within the United States.

Assualt in Arizona

Information about Arizona’s Assault Laws

Many people are under the common misconception that assault constitutes a physical altercation between two individuals, but did you know that a threatening remark or unsolicited touching can also be considered assault under Arizona law?

There are many different types of assault cases including misdemeanor assault, assault involving weapons, felony assault, resisting of an officer during arrest or while under the influence or the inappropriate touching of a child, teacher or prosecutor. You can even be charged for assault if you participate in a home invasion or in the display of road rage.

Assault cases are elevated to aggravated assault if you cause a serious injury, were driving under the influence causing harm to another, by assaulting a minor under the age of 15 or brandishing or using a weapon with the intent to harm or instill fear of bodily injury.

There are a couple of common defenses used in assault cases, these are: self defense and the defense of another person. It must be proven in court that the person facing criminal charges was under the belief that they or someone else were in immediate danger that forced them to act in self defense. When a experienced attorney examines the facts of a case they may be able to find unsubstantial evidence or conflicting facts of witness’ testimonial, deeming the evidence unreliable.

If you or someone you love has been charged with assault, these charges should be taken very seriously. A misdemeanor or felony can mean high fines, lost job opportunities, restriction of movement and even jail time. It is important that you contact a Arizona criminal defense attorney immediately to begin building your case.