Accused Halle Berry stalker to stand trial

By Kim Palacios Richard A. Franco, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of burglary and stalking actress Halle Berry, will nonetheless stand trial on both charges. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Melissa Widdifield issued her decision today after hearing testimony from two witnesses called to show evidence against Franco.

Detective John Gregozek, of the LAPD, said Franco was found in possession of a key to Berry’s guest house, which he nabbed while Berry was home (she subsequently called the police when she saw him). A second witness, Joseph Vach, a retired California Highway Patrol officer called in to man the actress’ private security detail, reported sightings of Franco climbing over Berry’s gate and climbing onto her property.

Said Berry in a July petition, “This person has invaded and trampled upon the most fundamental sense of security I have, and I am extremely frightened of him and what he might do to me or those I love.” Apparently, the authorities agree that Franco is a danger. He currently remains in detainment, awaiting arraignment on October 31st. His bail is set at $150,000.

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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