Testimony Continues in Dozier Trial

Alleged sexual assailant's girlfriend told the jury, “He is well loved, that is why I came today,”

Alleged sexual assailant's girlfriend told the jury, “He is well loved, that is why I came today,”

During the third day of the trial of Frederick Dozier Jr., a former San Francisco Unified School District employee accused of sexually assaulting three women in the Mission District last year, two officers testified about what they found when they arrived on the scene of the last attack, which took place around dawn on Dec. 8 at 24th and Fair Oaks streets.

Dozier, 32, dressed in a white button-down shirt, looked on as Officer Antonio Claudio described his efforts to help the victim and the procedures that were followed during the preliminary investigation.

Officer Robert Vernengo, who was Claudio’s partner that night, identified the area where the assault took place. He said that while cordoning off the area with yellow crime scene tape, he followed a trail of blood about 150 feet north of Fair Oaks on 24th Street.

As he testified, Assistant District Attorney Marshall Khine showed jurors photos of the crime scene on a large screen, including one of a pool of blood Vernengo found at the end of the trail.

Dozier, who had been alertly following proceedings up to that point, looked away when the blood appeared on the screen. He did not look at the screen again.

Kara Duffy, a physician’s assistant in forensics and a medical examiner in sexual assault cases at San Francisco General Hospital, also testified. Duffy, who was assigned to photograph the examination, authenticated the report that she and two doctors had prepared.

She noted that the victim had numerous abrasions, swelling on her face, bloodshot eyes, bruising on her nose and red lines on her throat that appeared to have resulted from being choked by her assailant.

The marks were evidence of “the most severe strangulation I’ve seen,” Duffy said.

Duffy also testified that the victim had some of the worst injuries she had seen in examining more than 200 sexual assault victims.

Dozier is charged with 26 felonies in the three attacks. If found guilty he could be sentenced to life in prison. The trial resumes next Monday at 9 a.m. in Department 25 of San Francisco Superior Court, 850 Bryant St.

 

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