Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Melissa Widdifield ruled Monday (Oct. 17) that Richard A. Franco, a man accused of stalking Halle Berry, should stand trial on the two charges filed against him after he was repeatedly seen on Berry’s property earlier this year, reports the AP.
During this preliminary hearing, L.A.P.D. detective John Gregozek testified that when Franco was caught outside Berry’s home in July, after he had been seen on the grounds three times in as many days, Franco was carrying a key a Berry’s guesthouse, which he apparently obtained on July 10 when he entered the guesthouse after Berry left the salon area of the structure and went to her kitchen. Berry spotted Franco standing outside the kitchen door, locked the door and called the police.
The following night, Franco was spotted climbing the gate to Berry’s house. A retired CHiP officer Joseph Vach was working private security and detained Franco.
Berry was not in attendance at the hearing, but writes in her petition against Franco, “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.”
Franco will remain in jail on a $150,000 bond and will return to court on Oct. 31 for his arraignment.