Captured Halle Berry Stalker to Stand Trial
Charles E. Rogers | 10/21/2011, 10:42 a.m.
A judge recently ruled that a man charged with stalking superstar Halle Berry should stand trial on two charges that were filed after he was repeatedly seen on the actress' property earlier this year.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Melissa Widdifield issued her ruling after hearing from two witnesses during a preliminary hearing to show some evidence against Richard A. Franco, who pleaded not guilty to burglary and stalking charges, according to the AP.
He was charged after police arrested him outside Berry's home in July after he was seen on the property three times in three days. LAPD detective John Gregozek testified that when Franco was caught, he was carrying a key to Berry's guesthouse, where the Oscar-winning actress has her beauty salon and some of her wardrobe.
Gregozek said Franco apparently obtained the key on July 10 when he entered the house for about 20 seconds after Berry left the salon area to go to her kitchen. Franco was standing outside her kitchen door when Berry spotted him and locked the door and called the police.
Berry did not attend the hearing, but Gregozek told the judge the actress is still afraid of Franco.
The following night, Franco was seen climbing over the actress' gate and coming onto her property. Retired California Highway Patrol Officer Joseph Vach, working as private security hired by Berry, helped detain Franco. The man was carrying a notebook that included references to Berry and entering her home, Vach testified.
Franco will remain jailed on $150,000 bail, Widdifield ruled. He will return to court on Oct. 31 for arraignment.
Berry, who obtained a civil restraining order against Franco after his arrest, said, "This person has invaded and trampled upon the most fundamental sense of security I have, and I am extremely frightened of him and what he might do to me or those I love."
Here's hoping Richard A. Franco gets the maximum jail sentence for his terrible stalking of Halle Berry.