A preliminary hearing began today for a man charged with the savage rape and murder of 46-year-old Sany San in San Jose in 2007.Julio Jovel, 32, appeared in Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose today for the hearing, which will allow a judge to determine if there is enough evidence for the case to proceed to trial. Santa Clara County District Attorney spokeswoman Amy Cornell said the charges against Jovel include murder, rape, sodomy, second-degree robbery and kidnapping to commit sexual offense. He has pleaded not guilty,Cornell said.Prosecutors allege that Jovel and fellow transient Luis Lorenzo robbed, sexually assaulted and stabbed San to death near Story Road and Knox Avenue in the shadow of the Interstate Highway 280 and U.S. Highway 101 interchange on the morning of July 22, 2007.Today, Deputy District Attorney James Gibbons-Shapiro called Israel Guerrero Carmona to the stand testify about what he had witnessed that morning and his relationship with Jovel and Lorenzo, who committed suicide in jail, according to Cornell.Carmona, a transient, said that he had lived in a homeless encampment along with Jovel, Lorenzo, and another man named Juan Mesa not far from where the murder had occurred. Early that Sunday morning, Carmona said he awoke to Jovel approaching him with bloody hands and admitting that he had “killed a lady.” Carmona said he and Mesa then walked over toward an area near Tully and King roads and saw Lorenzo having sex with a woman whose chest was bloodied and who appeared lifeless.San, found by police with multiple stab wounds, was killed in what police described at the time as one of the most vicious attacks the department had seen. Jovel and Lorenzo allegedly fled before police arrived, triggering a brief manhunt. The two were in police custody within two days. Jovel was arrested at the scene of the crime after he reportedly called 911 on San’s phone to report the crime, according to police documents. Lorenzo was picked up two days later at a nearby house on Florida Avenue. The preliminary hearing continues Wednesday.
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