ORLAND – Preliminary statements were made Wednesday in the trial of a man suspected of kidnapping and murdering a 16-year-old girl in the south of Orland.
Alfredo Ruvalcaba, 57, of Artois, was charged with kidnapping and murdering Hamilton High student Melissa Esquivel-Flores in 2015. On 4 July 2015, was found dead with gunshot wounds to the head in a workshop on the 3600 block of Esquivel-Flores County Road D. Her father had reportedly seen her at his house on the night of July 3, 2015.
Ruvalkaba was found in a ditch nearly a day after suffering from an unknown medical condition. The ditch in which he was found was located about a mile from the workshop where Esquivel-Flores’ body was found.
On Wednesday, Ruwalkaba sat in front of a jury at the Glen County Fairgrounds. He is charged with first degree murder and kidnapping.
Prosecutors said that Ruvalcaba loaded his shotgun, put a ladder under his window, convinced Esquivel-Flores to leave his house, took him to a shop in his garden where he allegedly took her Killed, and attempted to kill himself, but failed. ,
“You’ll hear evidence that shows Melissa was taken from the house, leaving behind her purse, cell phone, shoes, even clothes. When Melissa was found she just wore a bra and panties. When Melissa was found, she was miles from her home,” said Glenn County District Attorney Prosecutor Dwayne Stewart.
Meanwhile, the defense for Ruvalcaba states that Esquivel-Flores called Ruvalcaba to pick her up the night she died.
“The evidence is going to show that Alfredo never kidnapped her. Alfredo never put a ladder, a ladder, under his window,” said defense attorney Jesse Santana.
The defense also said evidence would show that Esquivel-Flores was holding the shotgun at an angle, as if she were looking inside. Santana said Esquivel-Flores’s foot, wearing no shoes or socks, was near the trigger when the gun went off. The defense said that Ruvalkaba was shocked and took the shotgun to try to shoot himself.
“I believe the evidence will show that there is reasonable doubt that Alfredo has charged with kidnapping and murder,” Santana said.
Testing will continue Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Glenn County Fairgrounds. The Glen County Superior Courthouse in Willows is currently being renovated.