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Solares out of jail, will face grand jury

Adolfo Solares has been released from jail on bond, his lawyer said.

The sophomore was arrested Thursday for one count of “indecency with a child,” a second-degree felony.

Solares is accused of having a 16-year-old girl spend the night at his 2949 Binkley Ave. apartment on Feb. 19.

The father of the girl filed a complaint against Solares, which opened up an investigation by SMU Police.

Hank Judin, Solares’ lawyer, said Monday afternoon that it was his understanding that the father and daughter involved in the case decided they did not want to prosecute Solares.

“Hopefully the parties want this to be resolved without charges being filed,” Judin said.

Judin also said he would be meeting with SMU Police Chief Michael Snellgrove in the near future to discuss the case.

Snellgrove would not comment on his discussions with the father involved in the case because of privacy concerns, but said the police department is continuing to pursue the case.

“A grand jury referral has been made,” Snellgrove said.

Snellgrove said the referral was made late Monday afternoon to the Dallas County District Attorney’s office.

The purpose of the grand jury is to “let them decide if they want to indict the individual,” Snellgrove said.

In a second phone interview Monday night, Judin said he was not aware of the referral and accused SMU Police of “playing games” with him. He had no other comments regarding the status of the case.

In an email, Snellgrove said grand juries decide if there is probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. They are held in secret and the jurors hear the evidence gathered by the police from a prosecutor.

The prosecutor usually submits a statement of proposed charges known as an “indictment” to a grand jury.

The grand jury deliberates, and if a majority of the jurors vote for the indictment, it is returned and the defendant is charged.

 

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