Wednesday was the first day in the trial of Heriberto Viramontes, the man accused of beating two women with a baseball bat back in 2010.
One of the women, Stacy Jurich, testified in his trial Wednesday about how her dear friend was beaten within an inch of her life.
Natasha McShane, from Ireland, was living in Chicago at the time. Her mother described her in court as a woman who used to love life, was full of energy and always wanted to travel. The UIC exchange student now lives with her parents overseas and cannot speak or read. She struggles even to drink a cup of water by herself.
27-year-old Stacy Jurich testified that the man who attacked the girls three years ago came from behind, and swung first at Stacy’s head. She said she could hear her head being hit. Then the attacker swung at her friend Natasha knocking her to the ground. The man, she claims, blurted out an expletive and ran off with their purses.
Lawyers for Heriberto Viramontes claim prosecutors have the wrong guy. They say the defendant was never there at the time of the beating.
Marcy Cruz, Viramontes’ alleged getaway driver, is expected to testify against him during the trial.