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Victim in Twin Falls love triangle: "Door swung open, then I was hit repeatedly"

Victim in Twin Falls love triangle: "Door swung open, then I was hit repeatedly"

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TWIN FALLS — A Twin Falls woman testified Friday she “vividly” remembered the night last October when the ex-girlfriend of a man she was kissing burst into his bedroom and immediately started punching and kneeing her.

Police say the attack left the victim with a broken nose and large gash across her head requiring 10 staples.

Prosecutors charged 24-year-old Alicia Marie Hernandez in December with a felony count of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.

Hernandez appeared in court Friday for a preliminary hearing in the case. After hearing testimony from the victim, a witness and a police officer who responded the night of the incident, Magistrate Judge Roger Harris bound the case over to district court, ruling there was substantial evidence for Hernandez to stand trial.

In the days following the Oct. 29 attack, Hernandez told police she was texting her boyfriend, but when he stopped texting her, she went to his house, where she found him in bed with another woman, court documents said. Hernandez said she struck the other woman only in self-defense out of fear she would be attacked.

But the alleged victim and the homeowner where the attack took place both testified Friday that the man in the center of the love-triangle had broken up with Hernandez at least a month before. The witness said Hernandez came into the house uninvited and went straight to her ex-boyfriend’s bedroom.

“Then the door swung open, then I was hit repeatedly,” the victim testified. “The first time was straight in the face, on my nose … That was hit a few times.”

The woman said she fell to her knees on the ground as Hernandez continued to punch her.

“I was trying to block the bleeding with my right hand, and by that time she had a hold of my hair and was hitting her knee against my head,” the victim testified. “I was trying to block her from hitting me with my left hand, which I wasn’t successful.”

“Did you try to fight back?” a prosecutor asked.

“No, I couldn’t see yet, there was too much blood,” the victim said. “I couldn’t open my eyes.”

During the beating, the woman testified, Hernandez yelled at her that the man she was kissing was her boyfriend.

“I was screaming back that I didn’t know he had a girlfriend,” the victim testified.

After another brief attack by Hernandez in the kitchen, the woman said she went to the emergency room, where doctors told her she had a broken nose and the gash in her head would require staples.

Hernandez, who is out of custody on $5,000 bond, will next appear in district court to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. That court date has not been set. She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

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