At first, prosecutor Daniel Gómez Acuña stated that Valentina Trespalacios was beaten on the face, chest, arms, back, and head before being killed by Poulos, when the victim did not agree to “sexual claims” ( Infobae, Jesus Aviles)
The body of Valentina Trespalacios, 23 years old, was found in a suitcase inside a garbage container on Sunday, January 22, 2023. From that moment on, the details about the events that led to the death of the young woman were a mystery.
Live: John Poulos did not accept charges for the murder of DJ Valentina Trespalacios
In the early hours of Friday, January 27, the Prosecutor’s Office legalized the capture of the American
During the hearing to charge charges against John Poulos, the alleged murderer of the Colombian DJ, which took place on Friday, January 27, the Attorney General’s Office provided some details about the actions of the US citizen to end the life of Valentina Trespalacios .
At first, prosecutor Daniel Gómez Acuña stated that Valentina Trespalacios was beaten on the face, chest, arms, back, and head before being murdered by Poulos, when the victim did not agree to “sexual claims” that asked the defendant.
John Poulos did not accept charges for the murder of DJ Valentina Trespalacios
The US citizen did not accept the crimes of aggravated femicide and concealment of evidence that the Attorney General’s Office charged him with
During his intervention, the prosecutor in the case narrated the way in which Poulos would have murdered Valentina and pointed out that the man would have hanged her while they had apparently forced sex. The investigative body said that the man would have committed the crime of aggravated femicide and that he could spend up to 40 years in prison.
In the judicial proceeding, the delegate of the General Prosecutor’s Office recounted how John Poulos murdered Valentina Trespalacios with “his hands”. “The 23-year-old victim died of asphyxiation caused by strangulation.” For Gómez Acuña, Poulos took advantage of his physical strength to kill the national artist.
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During his account, the investigator accused that Poulos exerted sexual and physical pressure against the victim until he caused his death. “John Poulos had been in a dating relationship with Valentina for three years, to the point of having a shared experience commitment. You, John Poulos, took Valentina’s life as a result of a jealousy process,” added prosecutor Daniel Gómez Acuña.
But the prosecutor went further and exposed that the defendant exerted pressure on Valentina, that he even limited her personal friendships, restricted her social networks and even hired a private investigator to follow her. “Behavior that must be understood as violent, since it affected the physical, moral and psychological integrity of the victim, since it exploited her condition as her wife,” the official said.
For its part, Legal Medicine delivered on January 26 the final opinion of the causes that caused the death of Valentina Trespalacios. The document agreed that the DJ had blows to her body and face.
“She presented marked congestion and facial edema, as well as signs of multiple blunt force trauma, scattered throughout the forearms and sacral region. In the same way, bruises on the labial mucosa and cheeks were observed ”, reads the report.
In this sense, the prosecutor assured that John Poulos physically took advantage of Valentina Trespalacios to kill her, for that reason, he charged him with the crime of aggravated femicide in intentional mode as perpetrator.
The representative of the investigative body accused John Poulos of a second crime. In this case: Manipulation and concealment of probative material. “The defendant hid the victim’s body as if it were garbage, with that he prevented an investigative work,” the prosecutor said during the hearing.
Miguel Ángel Del Río, attorney for the victims, assured that during the investigation process the cell phone of Valentina Trespalacios was hidden, which was found by a citizen, for which he asked the Attorney General’s Office to include this fact within the crime of concealment of testing.
Regarding the victim’s cell phone, and as revealed by RCN, a friend of Trespalacios went to the authorities to provide copies of a conversation between Poulos and Valentina:
“Whoever said I’m going to a party, I made a video call to you, I’m with Manuela at her house, we went to a cannabis conference and that’s it: that’s it. Yes, there were more people. But I’m not with anyone, I don’t know where you get that from”, wrote the young woman and the man replied: “Ok”.
In his speech, Martín Alberto Riascos, lawyer for John Poulos, asked the delegate of the Attorney General’s Office to clarify what was the sentimental relationship between his client and Valentina Trespalacios. In addition, that he explained the relevant legal facts of the case and “not the means of evidence as he did at the hearing.”
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