Medford man found guilty of raping 14 year-old girl

, Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Wed, May 14 2014 at 6:36 PM, Updated: Thu, May 15 2014 at 4:34 PM

(Update 5/15 4:30pm) Today was the third day of testimony in the Perez-Izara rape trial with the parents of the victim testifying, and then closing arguments.

42-year-old Edgar Leonel Perez-Izara was found guilty today of raping a 14 year-old Phoenix girl in 2013.

Jury members deliberated for about 2.5 hours before returning an 11 to 1 guilty verdict for both rape counts. Rape in the 1st and 3rd degree.

Perez-Izara's attorney said he is looking at 100 months (8.5 years) in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday morning at the Jackson Circuit Court.


Medford, Ore. -- It's day two of testimony in the trial of a man accused of stalking and raping a 14-year-old Phoenix girl back in 2013.

42-year-old Edgar Leonel Perez-Izara sat in court Wednesday morning as the prosecution brought witnesses up to the stand.

On the list to testify was a responding Jackson County Sheriff's Deputy, eye witnesses and a forensic expert talking about DNA evidence found at the scene.

Jury members also watched Perez-Izara's recorded interview with a Jackson County Sheriff's detective, where Perez-Izara denied any wrong doing.

On Tuesday, jury members heard from the victim herself.

Cameras will not be allowed in the courtroom for the duration of the trial.

In a previous interview with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, authorities said Perez-Izara found the girl home alone at her house in Phoenix, made threats to harm her, then sexually assaulted her. According to authorities, he knew the family.

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