Halle Berry stalker to stand trial



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Halle Berry stalker to stand trial

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Judge rules man accused of stalking Halle Berry at her Los Angeles home should stand trial

By Associated Press, Published: October 17

LOS ANGELES — A judge ruled Monday that a man charged with stalking Halle Berry should stand trial on two charges filed after he was repeatedly seen on the actress’ property earlier this year.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Melissa Widdifield issued her ruling after hearing from two witnesses called during a preliminary hearing to show some of evidence against Richard A. Franco, who has pleaded not guilty to burglary and stalking charges.

A judge on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011 ordered a man accused of stalking Halle Berry to stand trial. Richard A. Franco remains jailed on $150,000 bail.

He was charged after police arrested him outside Berry’s home in July after he was seen on the property three times in three days.

Los Angeles police Detective John Gregozek testified that when Franco was caught, he was carrying a key to Berry’s guesthouse, where the Oscar-winning actress has her beauty salon and some of her wardrobe.

Gregozek said Franco apparently obtained the key on July 10, when he entered the house for about 20 seconds after Berry left the salon area to go to her kitchen. Franco was standing outside her kitchen door when Berry spotted him and locked the door and called police.

Berry did not attend the hearing, but Gregozek told the judge the actress is still afraid of Franco.

The following night, after Berry had hired private security, Franco was seen climbing over the actress’ gate and coming onto her property. Joseph Vach, a retired California Highway Patrol officer, was working as private security and helped detain Franco. The man was carrying a notebook that included references to Berry and entering her home, Vach testified.

Franco, who was dressed in a jail jumpsuit, will remain jailed on $150,000 bail, Widdifield ruled. He returns to court on Oct. 31 for arraignment.

Berry obtained a civil restraining order against Franco after his arrest. “This person has invaded and trampled upon the most fundamental sense of security I have, and I am extremely frightened of him and what he might do to me or those I love,” she wrote in her July petition.


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Post Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:38 pm

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A man accused of stalking Halle Berry will go on trial in December

Richard Franco - who was arrested on July 11 after her private security caught him trespassing on her home in the Hollywood Hills - entered a not guilty plea.

3 November 2011

At the Los Angeles Superior Court this morning (31.10.11) Judge Dennis Landin has ordered him to return to court for a pre-trial hearing on November 28 ahead of a full trial which will start on December 20.

Halle did not attend the proceedings and her lawyer Blair Berk has refused to comment, E! News reports.

James was caught on the property three times in three days, and on one occasion broke into her guest house.

He was also caught spying on Halle through a kitchen door, which caused her to call police.

She subsequently gained a restraining order against him, stopping him from coming within 500 yards of her home and family, including three-year-old daughter Nahla.

Speaking earlier this month, Los Angeles Police Department Detective John Gregozek was called to testify during a preliminary hearing to establish if he should stand trial.

HE said: "She was afraid for her safety and that of her daughter, as well. She hired armed security to stay at her residence 24 hours.

"She saw the defendant standing at the kitchen door."

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