A trial date has been set for a man accused of raping a girl in Willmar last summer. 21-year-old Esequiel Gomez Junior is also accused of murder in Texas.
KWLM reports Judge Don Spilseth set an omnibus hearing for Gomez was waived and a trial date of March 5th, 6th and 7th.
Gomez is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl near the pedestrian bridge in Willmar’s Sperryville Neighborhood July 29th.
Police found DNA evidence in the rape case matched DNA collected in a rape and murder in Tulia Texas last year, and Texas authorities want to try Gomez for the killing of an elderly woman.
Gomez is charged in Kandiyohi County with being a fugitive from justice in another state and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing March 1st.
Gomez is fighting extradition back to Texas for the murder charge, for which he could face the death penalty.
He is being held in the Kandiyohi County Jail on 1 million dollars bail.