LAS CROSSES – A man accused of shooting a woman during a planetary exercise is being held in custody by a judge.
Jose Daniel Chavez, 28, was charged with manslaughter after pleading guilty to assaulting an employee on an El Paseo drive and shooting a worker in the chest. The decision came after Chavez was foundAble to stand trial Earlier this week.
Police said they were outraged by Planet’s cancellation of their fitness after they said they had violated Jim’s rules.
The victim said Thursday morning that the August 3 incident left her physically and mentally injured.
“I’m a completely new person and I’m not a good new person,” she said.
She told the court that she had been working on the planet for nine months before being shot. She said she was taking the lead on August 3, greeting gym visitors when they arrived for morning exercise.
She said she did not know when Chavez entered the facility and that she had no contact with Chavez. Chavez told the court that she believed she could be a member of Plantsor Bolevard.
“Many different members come to the gym to cancel their membership,” she said.
The woman said she was hospitalized for a day. But she says the effects of mental illness are still there. She still testified on Thursday, as you can see in Chavez’s dream.
“I’m not used to it before the shooting,” she said. “I missed myself. It was so hard.”
After the shooting, the woman was frightened to see Chavez’s face in a dream and to see someone like Chavez in public. Chavez told the court she feared she would return to the gym to kill herself or her staff if she was released.
“He goes back and tries to do something else,” she said.
During the same hearing, LCPD Det. Justin Lockridge told the court he had collected a security video showing the whole incident from planetary fitness. The video shows Chavez entering the gym, throwing his shoes and shooting at the woman on the balcony.
Prosecutor Nicholas Gilbert Chavez said the evidence between the eyewitnesses and the surveillance video was clear and convincing.
Gilbert said: “It was unprovoked, horrible, but it seemed planned.
Gilbert then reminded the court of what he believed was a shooting. Extreme outrage over alleged planetary fitness violations of gym rules.
“We’re talking about pretty basic rules here. I think the court can rightly assume that there is no way to follow the rules of the court,” Gilbert said.
But Locridge’s testimony raised another issue. After discussing the evidence, Lockridge asked Chavez Public Defender Jonathan Miller Locker to have any contact with the court staff.
Investigators have confirmed that he is married to a third-district judge, Richard Jacques, an administrative assistant. Miller then asked Jacques to reconsider.
Jacques, however, said that his marital relationship would not affect his judgment and that he would not give up. Jacques finally decides that Chavez is dangerous and that any release will not guarantee the safety of the victim or the community. Chavez decided to remain in custody pending trial.
The issue of qualifications was resolved earlier this week, but Miller said he would seek to reopen the case.
“We believe he has some pretty serious mental health issues,” said Miller.
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