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Details and ramifications of Carrillo's not guilty verdict

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THE INCIDENT

The facts of this case do not paint a pretty portrait of the supervisor. In the early morning hours of July 13, Carrillo showed up at his female neighbor's house, to her surprise, in his now-infamous boxer-brief-and-crew-sock ensemble. He admitted on the witness stand to tearing the screen of her bedroom window, which was open with the blinds closed, and putting his hand inside. Carrillo testified that he was "trying to get her attention."

Jane Doe testified she was wakened by a "tearing, ripping sound" at her bedroom window. "I heard someone trying to break in through my window," she said. She "saw a man standing with his hands on his hips and his shirt off," whom she described as "very scary, large and muscular," and called 911 at 3:40am. She says she told the dispatch operator "there was a man outside my door trying to break into my house." She called again at 3:50am. The 911 call recordings were not played in court and have not been released, despite multiple requests from multiple media outlets, including the Bohemian.

After calling 911, Doe hid in the kitchen, and she and two girlfriends, traveling nurses who were staying the night, armed themselves. "We all had butcher knives," said Doe. When they heard a knock at the door a few minutes later, she asked who was there, to which Carrillo replied, "It's your neighbor," before asking if she wanted to have a drink with him. He says he identified himself by name, but she didn't mention that in court. She says she only learned the man's identify when police detained Carrillo on the street outside her apartment. When she saw Carrillo in his underwear detained by police, she told the court, "My heart sank into my stomach, and I felt sick."

HE SAID, SHE SAID

Carrillo took the stand Thursday afternoon, saying he has a bigger problem with alcohol than he let on to officers. He said that he told officers he had "two beers and a couple of really strong mixed drinks," but said he had actually had much more than that. He says he was trying to hide it and was in denial. "At the time, I was accustomed to downplaying and minimalizing the struggle." He checked himself into a rehab facility for a month after the incident.

He told his defense attorney Chris Andrian there were two reasons why he went over to Jane Doe's apartment at 3:30 that morning: "The fact that I was drinking" was one, and "I was hoping to rekindle some kind of relationship" was the other. He later admitted, under cross-examination, that there really was no relationship to begin with, and he was basing his perception on two brief interactions.

The first was a chance meeting at Space XXV the evening after briefly meeting her while she moved into her new apartment. That interaction was between a few seconds and couple of minutes long, depending on which story is believed. The second meeting was when Carrillo entered Jane Doe's backyard through her open garage, knocking on the partially open sliding glass door to offer her a bottle of Chardonnay as a welcome gift. He leaned in for a hug and air kiss, and Doe leaned away from the greeting, saying she was "taken aback" and "shocked" by his presence at her rear door. "I did that because I felt [like it said] 'You're not welcome.'"

"My sense of ego," "my sense of entitlement," and "my sense of arrogance made me think it was a good idea to go over to Jane Doe's house," Carrillo told the defense. "It was selfish," he said. "It had nothing to do with Jane Doe, only with me."

He added, "There is no excuse."

Carrillo admitted during his testimony that he had damaged the screen on Jane Doe's bedroom window. He says he didn't tell officers at first, because he was "unwilling to admit I had done anything wrong."

Cody Hunt, a prosecutor with the Napa district attorney's office assigned to the case by the state attorney general, cross-examined Carrillo with some theatrics, including knocking on a wooden banister in the courtroom when asking Carrillo about his own knocking on Jane Doe's door, and raising and lowering his voice in attempts to get Carrillo to admit to looking into her window.

Carrillo looked uncomfortable, emotional and shaken at times. Hunt asked which hand he had broken the screen with and put it inside her bedroom, because he had two beers in one hand and his cell phone in the other. It had been established previously in the trial that his boxer briefs did not have pockets, and Hunt surmised that he must have put his hand holding the cell phone inside her window. He then intimated that Carrillo took pictures inside the woman's bedroom. Hunt informed Carrillo during his cross-examination that he had a copy of everything on his cell phone, to which Carrillo replied he knew. Nothing from the phone was entered into evidence.

The supervisor admitted that he has a problem with alcohol and ego, but those aren't illegal. He did admit walking around to her back patio through the gate because he thought he saw a light on coming out of the sliding glass door in the back, but maintained that he did not have a recollection of whether or not he looked into the apartment, and at one point explicitly said he did not look into the apartment.

He also admitted that he hoped to spark a sexual relationship with the woman, whom he called "very attractive," even after being dropped off by his girlfriend from a nightclub about an hour and a half prior. When asked by Hunt, Carrillo stated that the same woman who dropped him off that night is still his girlfriend today, though she was not in court at the time of his testimony.

The defense did not redirect the cross examination and the jury went to deliberation after closing arguments.

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