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San Gabriel Valley : TRIAL SET

January 11, 1996

La Puente Mayor Louis Perez is scheduled to go on trial Jan. 22 on charges of misdemeanor spousal abuse, but prosecutors said Tuesday that they will not pursue a previously filed child battery charge.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith Swartz set the date for the jury trial at a preliminary hearing Monday. Perez has pleaded not guilty.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Manuel Garcia said he will prosecute Perez for willfully inflicting harm on his wife, Anita, a member of the Hacienda-La Puente Unified School District board.

Perez was arrested Nov. 11 by sheriff's deputies after his wife called for assistance. Authorities said Perez grabbed his wife and shoved her into a door frame, bruising her arm.

Perez could not be reached for comment Tuesday, but he and his wife have reportedly said the arrest was the result of a misunderstanding and the work of overzealous deputies.

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