Further details are emerging in the case of Javonn Allen – presently in custody in San Francisco accused of ‘unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor’ and parole violations. Allen appeared today in Department 10 of SF Superior Court.
It now appears that Allen was previously suspected of involvement in the death of 16-year-old Victorria Moran-Hidalgo. The teenage runaway’s partially undressed body was left on a SOMA sidewalk where she was found at 6:30am on February 18, 2022.
As part of an attempt to have the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office recused from the current case, public defender Elizabeth Camacho told the court that the D.A. had been unable to file homicide charges against her client because of insufficiency of evidence.
She claims that Assistant District Attorney Brad Allred – in what is implied to be a vendetta – told colleagues and investigators to “make this case” – unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor – against Allen.
In addition to requesting that the D.A.’s office be recused, the defense is requesting extensive discovery. An earlier hearing heard that they wanted production of communications to, from and between SFPD homicide detectives Mark Lee and Sgt. Kevin Wong relating to Mr Allen.
Judge Victor Hwang ordered a hearing on the motion to recuse to take place on May 24. The California Attorney General was represented at today’s hearing by Sharon Loughner – the first time the AG has been in court on Mr Allen’s current matter.
Allen first came to the attention of police in 2015 when arrested for attempting to kidnap schoolgirls at Antioch’s Deer Valley High School – manhandling one student and attempting to force her in to his car.
In the years since he has been arrested for crimes including forcible rape, discharging a firearm and child endangerment. In February 2023 he was arrested for spousal battery and parole violations, appearing in Superior Court that month in Department 18 (‘Domestic Violence Court’).
The District Attorney’s office has been approached for comment.
SFPD has not responded to requests for information relating to Allen’s arrest.
At a previous hearing on May 5, Ms Camacho told the court that she would be submitting “a release plan” for her client.
The case continues.
Update May 24 After argument today, Judge Victor Hwang indicated that he was inclined not to order the recusal of the entire District Attorney’s Office but wanted the benefit of reassurances with respect to a particular Assistant District Attorney, Armando Miranda. Mr Miranda previously represented the defendant while he, Miranda, was employed in the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. A “proper firewall” should be established between Mr Miranda and others in the D.A.’s office, it was said.
On behalf of Mr Allen, Elizabeth Camacho, pressed for a full recusal of the entire office. “A retroactive firewall when they had a year to institute one?” she asked rhetorically.
The judge will make a final decision on Friday May 26 at 9:00am. Mr Allen will also be arraigned at that hearing. It appears the defense will make a bail application at the same time.
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