Ex-con to stand trial for 3 felonies

By May 03, 2014

FAIRFIELD — An ex-con who has been to prison four times was ordered Friday to stand trial on three felony charges for what started as a casual conversation in a Vacaville motel parking lot.

Police Officer Erik Watts saw Julio J. Luna Jr. walking through the Motel 6 parking lot on Lawrence Drive around 10 p.m. on the night of Jan. 14, according to Watts’ testimony at Luna’s probable cause hearing.

Their casual conversation included Watts asking Luna if he was on parole or probation. It stopped being casual when Luna said he was on probation. Watts decided to search Luna’s car and motel room.

Watts said he found some methamphetamine and gold-plated brass knuckles in a bag. Behind an air conditioning vent, Watts found three stolen drivers licenses, a stolen passport and some stolen checks. Under the bed in a box of croissants, Watts found a box of blank checks, he said.

Luna, 38, spent two weeks in jail before posting $50,000 bail.

Judge Robert Bowers ordered Luna to return to court May 16 when a trial date may be set on the drugs, weapon and identity theft charges.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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