Lineup ordered in murder trial of ex-detective Ronald Dove's mistress

Sanchez: Charged with murder of ex-boyfriend.
Sanchez: Charged with murder of ex-boyfriend.
Posted: January 30, 2014

A MAN WHO claims to have witnessed a fatal stabbing in September, allegedly committed by a woman having an affair with a Philadelphia homicide detective, must identify the woman in a lineup, a judge ruled yesterday.

The ruling by Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan came during what was supposed to be the preliminary hearing for Erica Sanchez, 33, who is charged with the Sept. 8 slaying of her ex-boyfriend, Cesar Vera. She's being held without bail.

Ronald Dove, a homicide detective who was romantically involved with Sanchez at the time of the slaying, was fired in November for failing to cooperate with detectives in three cases, including the Vera slaying.

Dove is the subject of a grand-jury investigation.

Peter Bowers, Sanchez's attorney, successfully argued in court that the preliminary hearing should be delayed to allow for a lineup because the prosecution's witness who claimed to have seen Sanchez stab Vera had credibility issues.

Bowers noted that the witness waited nearly a month after the slaying to give police a statement.

In addition, Bowers said, despite the witness claiming to have been friends with the victim, he did not know Sanchez's name or her relationship to Vera and described her hair color as blond when it was closer to dark brown at the time.

Assistant District Attorney Carlos Vega disputed Bowers' claims and said a lineup was not needed.

In any event, Vega said, Sanchez had changed her appearance since the slaying while on the lam in upstate New York. She was arrested Oct. 16.

Dugan scheduled the lineup for Feb. 13 and rescheduled the preliminary hearing for March 11.


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