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Colombian prosecutor’s office seeks 50-year prison sentence for murder of Valentina Trespalacios

They say they have hard evidence to show at the start of the trial on April 17.

The process against John Poulos for the murder of DJ Valentina Trespalacios continues. The Colombian Attorney General’s Office will seek a 50-year prison sentence with solid evidence revealed this Thursday, April 13.

“He punched his girlfriend, Valentina Trespalacios, in the face and body; then choked her with his hands, causing her death”, according to the forensic doctor, John Poulos strangled and suffocated the young DJ to death.

The nation’s attorney general’s office collected a large amount of information through an iPad, three USBs, eight witnesses, eleven experts and ten investigators that could make arguments against John Poulos’ expected 50-year sentence.

“It is a technical evidence material. There is a dialogue with different sciences, loboscopy, forensics and pathologists. We have created the entire theme to effectively reveal the development of this femicide in a minute-by-minute time line,” said Juan Manuel Martinez, director of Bogotá prosecutors.

The Director of the Bogotá Prosecutor’s Office assures that the main evidence of the murder of Valentina Trespalacios is compelling and that they do not have only one because of the videos they collected and the tape tied to the suitcase. There they found DJ’s body, the same item the American had at the time of his capture.

Next Friday, April 14, will be a decisive day for John Poulos’ judicial future, as a second-instance judge will rule on an appeal filed by the American’s defense attorney who asserted that the capture was illegal.

A hearing against John Poulos will take place next Monday, April 17, where the state attorney’s office will formally seek a 50-year sentence against him. It should be remembered that he is currently incarcerated in La Picota prison in Bogotá.

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Last Tuesday, January 24, John Poulos was captured in Panama, at which time his belongings were seized, including the black duct tape he used to seal the blue suitcase in which the body of Valentina Trespalacios was found.

“This black insulating tape is a coincidence and we are already in the genetic and fingerprint laboratory analysis with the wrapping tape of the blue suitcase found in the garbage container,” the prosecutor said during the hearing.

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