Camarena faces sex assault, sex trafficking charges as alleged victim defends him

 Juan Camarena walks out of his arraignment on Nov. 26, 2019.
Juan Camarena walks out of his arraignment on Nov. 26, 2019. (KTUU)
Published: Nov. 26, 2019 at 3:47 PM AKST
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Juan Camarena, the 51-year-old man described by Alaska State Troopers as a person of interest in a triple homicide told a state court judge Tuesday “I’d like to enter a plea of not guilty.”

The afternoon arraignment at the Palmer courthouse was on unrelated charges of sex trafficking and sexual assault. Camarena is not charged in the homicide case.

“I know nothing about these charges,” Camarena told the court.

“You guys are f***ed up,” Kimberly Kidrick, 29, Camarena’s girlfriend, told prosecutor Krista Anderson as the parties exited the courtroom.

The outburst came just after Camarena and Kidrick exchanged “I love yous" as Camarena was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs.

Kidrick identified herself as the victim in the state charges and said prosecutors were lying about the events that formed the basis for the case.

The sex acts described in the charging documents were consensual, Kidrick told reporters. She also said an event that could be interpreted as an act of domestic violence - Camarena’s alleged firing of a weapon near the victim’s head - occurred when Camerena was attempting to shoot a rabid squirrel behind Kidrick, Kidrick said.

29-year-old Kimberly Kidrick speaks to reporters after her boyfriend, 51-year-old Juan Camarena's arraignment.

Kidrick, in a nod to the "no ordinary rabbit" scene from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, has a rabbit tattoo on her left collarbone.

Camarena, a previously convicted felon with drug, weapons and gang-related convictions in California, also

for being a felon in possession of ammunition.

The judge imposed a $500,000 bail order, a moot point for now since he is currently in federal custody.

Kidrick said Camarena is known among friends as "Granny Goose" because he's always trying to take care of people. She believes prosecutors are targeting him because of his criminal past in California.

Investigators have not said why they believe Camarena has information about a triple homicide in Wasilla Nov. 2. Unrelated state and federal charges were filed against him in the days after the killings as investigators began their search for the shooter or shooters.

Both he and Kidrick are acquainted with the homicide victims, Mikey Attwood, Alyssa Jimenez and Marie Campos. Kidrick told reporters she used to be engaged to Attwood, went to school with Jimenez and knew Campos as Attwood's step-mom.

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