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One man, two trials

Sat, Jul 13 2013 12:00 PM Posted By: Neal Putnam

A National City man has two separate trial dates in late August at both the Chula Vista and El Cajon courthouses for unrelated cases that occurred while he was free on bond from the first case.

Gene Ramirez Valadez, 32, who is also known as Gene Valdez, appeared Tuesday before Chula Vista Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sontag and received a trial date of Aug. 28.

He pleaded not guilty to felony assault, battery, methamphetamine possession, and evading police officers in a case that involves two incidents on May 31 and June 5, said Deputy District Attorney Matthew Williams.

Valadez has also pleaded not guilty to a charge of residential burglary in a Jan. 3 incident in the 7100 block of Purdue Avenue in La Mesa and faces an Aug. 27 trial in El Cajon Superior Court, according to court records. The El Cajon case will probably go to trial first and the Chula Vista case will likely be delayed.

Valadez had been free on $95,000 bond when he was arrested June 10 by sheriff’s deputies for the second case in Chula Vista. His bail is now $320,000, and he remains in the South Bay Detention Facility.

In the first case, a La Mesa woman heard a burglar alarm at 2:50 p.m. and she saw a man running from her house carrying two purses. She called La Mesa Police and said he was hiding in her backyard.

Valadez jumped fences to neighboring houses, and he was arrested after a short foot chase.

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