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Jul 31, 2013 6:44 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

Kidnapping and Sexual Assault Suspects Will be Tried Separately

CORPUS CHRISTI - Judge Jack Hunter decided that Jacob Musich will be tried alone while Colton Visor and Eric Dimick will be tried together. Dimick's lawyer released new evidence from Musich's police interview the day Musich was arrested.

In that interview Musich reportedly admitted he was the one who sexually assaulted the 11 year-old girl.

Here is some of what was said in Jacob Musich's interview, as read in court today by the attorney for another defendant.

"'Ok. You don't know why you wanted to kidnap this little girl. Let me ask you, why did you want to have sex with her?' The answer: 'I guess I'm just perverted,'" said Dimick's lawyer Kenneth Botary.

Defense Attorney Botary read more of the transcript to show Judge Jack Hunter that Musich should be tried alone as, according to the interview, he was the one who told police he sexually assaulted the young girl.

"Question: 'That was the plan right? To kidnap a little girl so we could have sex with her, right? Were the plans so all three of you could have sex with her?' Answer: 'Yeah. But then when it was just you, they didn't want to do any more. Uh huh,'" said Botary.

Meanwhile, prosecutor Kim Gonzalez told Judge Hunter that the three should be tried together. So if one person is convicted of sexual assault all three would get the same conviction.

"Each individual co-defendant has a very distinct part of this crime which ultimately led to the sexual assault to an 11 year-old girl. One defendant sexually assaulted her, one defendant drove the vehicle, one defendant grabbed her off the street," said Gonzalez.

But in the end Judge Hunter decided Jacob Musich will be tried alone, and Colton Visor and Eric Dimick will be tried together.

Because so many local people have been following this case and the defendants have been receiving death threats, Dimick's lawyer said he feels Eric won't receive a fair trial here. So he will be requesting a change of venue. That will be discussed during their next hearing on August 9th.

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