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Rape, kidnapping trial gets under way

By: DENNIS HUSPENI THE GAZETTE
March 14, 2007
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After a year of stalking his estranged wife, Jamie Duran kidnapped her from her driveway while her daughters waited in the house, drove her miles away at gunpoint, then raped her, a prosecutor said as Duran’s trial began Tuesday morning.
Duran, 33, of Colorado Springs is charged with felony kidnapping, rape, violating a restraining order and menacing. He could face up to life in prison if convicted of kidnapping. During jury selection, deputy 4th Judicial District Attorney Holly Dodge told prospective jurors that the woman, a deputy at the El Paso County Sheriff ’s Office, was “in fear for her life and for that of her two children.” “The defendant started this crime a year ago when he threatened to burn her house down,” Dodge said. “He’s threatened her. Stole from her. Broke into her car and rifled through her purse.” Duran’s public defender, Chad Miller, told prospective jurors that prosecutors had no physical evidence to prove rape and no proof of the existence of the gun Duran allegedly used. “They had consensual sex and then Mrs. Duran lied about it,” Miller said. Dodge said she will present evidence that Duran accosted his estranged wife as she drove into her driveway after work June 26 and forced her into a gray Chevy Tahoe, then drove her to Boone at gunpoint. Afterward, she talked Duran into stopping at a convenience store to get her a drink, and she drove away in the car after he left his keys in it, according to the arrest affidavit. Arresting officers found Duran at his father’s house in Pueblo. He’s been held without bail since the arrest. The trial is expected to last two weeks. CONTACT THE WRITER: 636-0110 or dennis.huspeni@gazette.com
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