Long Beach Rapper from Tha Mexakinz on Trial

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Rudyachuleta-225LONG BEACH – A tentative trial date was scheduled Thursday for a Long Beach rapper charged with sexually assaulting and holding a woman against her will.

Rudy Archuleta, of the Long Beach-based rap/hip-hop group “Tha Mexakinz,” is charged with felony sexual assault including two counts of forced digital penetration, two counts of false imprisonment and one count of making threats.

The victim, who was not identified by authorities because the case involves an alleged sex crime, had a relationship with Archuleta at one time and they have three children together, said Deputy District Attorney Bob Hight.

Attorneys in the case initially set the May 21 court appearance as a possible trial date, but pushed it back to a pre-trial conference to discuss a plea deal.

Hight told the court Thursday the deal offered by his office to Archuleta and his court-appointed defense attorney, Lisa Chorness Hovden, was rejected, pushing the case closer to trial.

It is at least the second time the trial date has been delayed, and Hovden is at least the second defense attorney to be assigned by the court to represent Archuleta.

Archuleta will return to court on June 1 when the trial date is scheduled to be set. Jury selection could begin that day, although it is not likely, Hight said.

In the meantime, the 35-year-old defendant remains out of custody after posting $200,000 bail in April.

If convicted on all counts, he couldĀ  face at least three years in state prison.

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