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Perez trial focused on investigator interviews Wednesday


STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) -- The third day of a Portage county reckless homicide and child abuse trial featured a day filled with watching and listening to detective interviews. 

Reymundo Perez, his attorneys, Judge John Finn, and the jury spend the entire day watching and listening to interrogation recordings, most of them featuring Perez’s girlfriend and mother of two-year-old Felix Espinoza-Villa, Beatrice Villa.

The recordings revealed that Beatrice Villa was abused by her former boyfriend and father of Felix, and was arrested for suspicion of child abuse after the detectives interviewed her about the child’s death. There were several references to spanking the crying child with a belt or a sandal, and questions about the toddler’s injuries including a broken rib, a broken ankle, and bruises in several places.

The jury was able to follow along with transcripts of the interrogations, since her English is not always spoken clearly.

More prosecution witnesses will be called to testify Thursday and Friday. The defense witnesses will likely testify beginning Monday.