In a packed courtroom full of family and friends of April Loper, Judge Charles Littlehales granted the prosecution another chance at convincing the court that at least some evidence can be deemed admissible in alleging Thomas Acosta coerced and assaulted April in late December of last year. Earlier this month Judge Littlehales ruled that all the evidence in the case was inadmissible as hearsay and since April died in a recent car crash, it made it impossible for the case to proceed.
However, prosecutors implored Judge Littlehales to grant them another court session to bring forth more arguments that some of the hearsay evidence may be admissible. Judge Littlehales granted prosecutors another attempt to convince him that the nature of certain hearsay evidence in one part of the case is different than some hearsay evidence in another. Neither side elaborated.
Acosta’s attorney Guy Greco urged the judge to bring the case to a close saying “the evidence is hearsay, the judge said it was hearsay and the Attorney General’s Appeals Division said it was hearsay and so the case should be disposed of.”
But again, Judge Littlehales granted a continuance in the case. However, due to scheduling problems, it may be presented in front of a different judge since Judge Littlehales is retiring as of Christmas Eve after 35 years on the bench.
Outside, family and friends of the Loper family expressed hope that the DA’s office is on to something. The DA’s office declined any comment.