Lawyers for a Simi Valley serial rapist accused of killing a woman during a kidnapping and rape attempt urged a Ventura County judge Monday to dismiss the case.
Deputy public defenders Neil Quinn and Jan Helfrich argued that prosecutors should not have been allowed to present evidence of Vincent Sanchez's prior sex assaults during a monthlong preliminary hearing in the murder case.
Sanchez, 31, a Simi Valley handyman, has admitted to raping seven women and assaulting three others over a five-year span.
But he has denied killing 20-year-old Moorpark resident and community college student Megan Barroso during a kidnapping and rape attempt.
Barroso's bullet-ridden car was found abandoned near a freeway overpass in Moorpark on July 5, 2001. Her body was found a month later in a ravine near Simi Valley.
Prosecutors contend that Sanchez forced Barroso off the highway, shot up her car and tried to rape her before she died from a gunshot wound in the abdomen. They are seeking the death penalty. Defense lawyers say there is no evidence of a rape attempt.