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Decision on charges for Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo delayed

  • Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo walks to talk with his attorney after a brief courtroom appearance at the Sonoma County courthouse in Santa Rosa on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. (KENT PORTER / THE PRESS DEMOCRAT)

A judge gave prosecutors six more weeks Friday to decide whether to file criminal charges against Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo, who was arrested last month outside a Santa Rosa woman's home in just his socks and underwear.

It was the second prosecution delay for Carrillo, 32, who was booked July 13 on suspicion of prowling and burglary and faces removal from office if convicted of a felony.

Cody Hunt, a Napa County deputy prosecutor assigned to the case by the state Attorney General, requested the delay to receive more information from investigators.

Efren Carrillo's 2nd Court Appearance

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Hunt said he was awaiting documents but wouldn't say what they are, including whether they are phone records. Carrillo was carrying a cellphone at the time of his arrest.

He requested a similar delay at the last hearing, on July 18.

“There's not going to be a filing today, your honor,” Hunt told Judge Julie Conger.

Conger ordered Carrillo to return Oct. 11 and warned prosecutors against any further postponement.

“I'm expecting a complaint to be filed at that time,” Conger said. “No further delays, please.”

Carrillo, who wore a dark suit and yellow tie, declined to comment as he left the courtroom flanked by attorneys Steve Gallenson and Jane Gaskell.

He returned to work representing the Fifth Supervisorial District earlier this month. He said he spent five weeks in an alcohol treatment program immediately after his arrest.

Police have said they believe Carrillo was attempting some type of sexual assault the night of his arrest.

Gallenson said prosecutors haven't said what charges, if any, they expect to file, nor have they explained why they needed more time.

“No one is saying anything on their end,” Gallenson said. “We just don't know.”

Delays are common in criminal proceedings. Legal experts said they sometimes arise when prosecutors send a case back to police for further investigation or are looking for additional evidence on an allegation.

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