Charges Dropped in Frita Man Jean Beltran Assault Case
|Charges have been dropped in Beltran assault case.|
According to Beltran's attorney, Jorge Del Villar, the State Attorney's Office decided to drop all charges because it could not prove the case. Beltran was released from jail April 23 but had to wait until the formal hearing April 30 for the judge to close the file.
Del Villar told Short Order that even though the burden of guilt is placed on the state to find a defendant guilty, he has ample proof of Beltran's innocence. "We have witnesses who can account for every minute of Mr. Beltran's day. We also have a video from a neighbor that shows Mr. Beltran's comings and goings throughout the day." Del Villar said several people have come forward to attest that Beltran was either with business associates or his son during the time in question.
Del Villar also said phone records indicate several conversations among Beltran, accuser Raymond Delgado, and Delgado's wife the day of Beltran's arrest that occurred around 3:45 p.m. According to the arrest record and affidavit, Delgado claims Beltran pulled a gun on him at his home around 3 p.m.
Though the aggravated assault case has been dropped, Del Villar said there's still an issue pending regarding Beltran's violation of probation, even though no handgun was found. "He doesn't own a handgun," Del Villar said. "He's a family man. He made a mistake once. Our main concern now is to stop this. Mr. Beltran is at the point where he's gone so far as to ask the court to assign him a GPS tracking monitor. He'd rather have everyone know where he is than to go through this again."
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