Adoptive father testified accused rapist was abused as child

Crime

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A judge is still deciding whether to keep an accused rapist behind bars.

It might seem like Angel Gurule is already on trial based on the last three days in court, during which Judge Cindy Leos has heard from both sides, as well as investigators and the defendant’s family. But this hearing was just to determine whether Gurule should stay locked up until his trial for raping a woman jogging along the bosque in 2016, when he was 19 years old.

A few months before the alleged attack, Gurule was accused of raping a 14-year-old girl from the church group where he was a group leader. On Monday, Gurule’s adoptive father described his childhood as filled with abuse and surrounded by drugs.

Prosecutors argue the seriousness of the allegations makes Gurule a danger if released. But the defense has presented witnesses testifying he is cooperative and follows rules.

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