Text and voicemail translation delays attempted homicide trial

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Oct. 18 – WILKES-BARRE – A Luzerne County jury trial scheduled to begin Tuesday for a Hazleton man accused of attempting to kill his teenage girlfriend has been delayed again, this time due to text messages and voice messages requiring translation.

Roberto Alvarez-Marquez, 34, of East Maple Street, was charged by Hazleton police with shooting his then 19-year-old girlfriend in the chest when she arrived home after a night out with friends on August 19, 2018, according to the court. recordings.

After she suffered the gunshot wound, her friends drove her to Lehigh Valley Hazleton Hospital.

Police allege Alvarez-Marquez was upset because the woman had gone out with friends.

Alvarez-Marquez was ready for trial as he was dressed in a dark suit and tie.

His attorney, Maura A. Tunis, and Assistant District Attorneys Kim Moraski and Susan Luckenbill met privately with Presiding Judge Michael T. Vough in the judge’s chambers.

When they appeared, Vough announced that the trial was proceeding generally as the text messages and voicemails – evidence in the case – needed to be translated from Spanish to English.

Vough allowed Tunis and prosecutors to update him on the status of the translation within 30 days before a new trial date was set.

Alvarez-Marquez’s trial has continued on several occasions, including earlier this year when his court-appointed attorneys were allowed to step down due to a breakdown in communication with the defendant.

Alvarez-Marquez is charged with attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault, common assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and reckless endangerment. He remains imprisoned at the county correctional facility for want of a $300,000 bond.

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