A jury was picked Tuesday for a Joliet school and housing authority board member accused of abusing his former girlfriend.
Twelve jurors and two alternate jurors were chosen and sworn in for the trial of Angel C. Contreras, 32, of the 1400 block of Ada Street. Contreras faces a charge of domestic battery.
Opening arguments are scheduled for Wednesday morning.
In August 2017, Contreras allegedly harmed his girlfriend and caused her to bleed after breaking one of her stitches, according to a petition for a protective order filed by his former girlfriend.
In the petition, she alleged the two broke up on June 23 because he brought a woman over to her house with friends and threw a party that caused property damage.
She further claimed the two got into an argument that became physical when he grabbed her, pinned her to bed rails and broke one of her stitches, which caused bleeding.
“I’m afraid that he will retaliate. I think I ruined the secondary relationship he was having,” she said in the petition. “I’m afraid he will come back to see my dog and attempt to take her.”
On Nov. 15, the protective order was dismissed. Contreras was present at the hearing on extending the order, but his former girlfriend was not, according to court records.
The trial for Contreras was initially scheduled for Feb. 20, but it was pushed back after prosecutor Amie Simpson told a judge she was provided with new information on the case from Contreras’ attorney Patricia Kalkanis, according to a court transcript.
“As a result, I am asking for a continuance so that I can investigate the information that’s been given to me,” Simpson said at the time.
On Jan. 6, 2016, Contreras pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Elkhart County, Indiana, Superior Court No. 5. A charge of operating a vehicle with alcohol concentration equivalent to 0.15 or more was dismissed.
Contreras was sentenced to a year in jail but the sentence was suspended. He received a year probation, 180 hours community service and to attend a victim impact panel. His driver’s license also was suspended for 90 days.