Court documents detail new evidence in the homicide case involving a mother and son
LYONS — The man accused of murdering a woman and her baby in Wayne County, appeared in court Thursday morning and made multiple requests. Alberto Reyes wants to see his full interrogation video and he also wants a new attorney.
Wayne County deputies say he killed his girlfriend Selena Hidalgo-Calderon and her 14-month-old son Owen. The two disappeared from a farm off Joy Road in Sodus in May 2018. They had been living with Reyes in farm housing there.
Hidalgo-Calderon's body was found a week later in some woods. Hundreds of officials searched the Sodus farm and surrounding areas for 12 consecutive days before suspending the search in that area, though continued to look for the child. The toddler's remains were found at the same farm in October.
In December, Reyes was indicted on two counts of second-degree murder and one count of tampering with evidence. Early on, investigators said he admitted to burying Hidalgo-Calderon's body but did not admit killing her. The sheriff and district attorney have said they have him on camera moving the bodies. Reyes is still facing federal charges accusing him of re-entering the country illegally.
He is due back in court on March 18 for another Huntley hearing. Both sides will hear evidence and determine what will be allowed during the trial. The judge will look into whether Reyes was Mirandized and interrogated correctly. It will also look at information pulled from a cell-phone, and if that information was obtained legally.
Court documents detail the DNA and digital evidence collected from the murder scene of a young mother and her baby son.
In a conversation documented by an officer, Selena's mother stated that Reyes sent her a text on May 18 saying, "Selena left the state because she had to go to court in June and she did not want to go." The hearing was for her immigration status as Selena was seeking asylum.
That text was sent to her mom three days after she had last heard from her daughter.
Later that day, a friend of Reyes stated he was told by Reyes that Selena was in Syracuse visiting her mom who was in the hospital, according to a statement included in court papers.
When asked about any history of violence between Selena and Reyes, Selena's mother told law enforcement that Reyes "beat her very bad" on Feb. 18.
A friend's statement included in the court paperwork said "Selena called me a week after getting here. Alberto was drinking and being violent. She was taken to a safe house but Alberto sweet-talked her back."
The statement went on to say, "I know that every couple weeks he would hurt her. I believe that he was abusing the baby. There was one incident that I had to break Alberto and Selena up because he was beating her."
A search warrant was issued on May 22, which stated it was to search the camp utilized by seasonal workers that are employed by the farm. On that same day, a cadaver dog was brought in to help with the search.
According to the report by the Canine Unit with the Greece Police Department, the dog "showed signs of odor detection" by the front door of the home where Selena and Owen lived with Reyes.
"Canine snigged around the bottom frame of the front door and rubber mat in front of it," stated the report.
During the search of the farm area, court documents filed by the defense state "apparent blood samples have been held for DNA analysis at least from a boot and a pair of pants, and possibly from a mattress, though no DNA specific reports or data have been provided at this time."
The defense counsel notes also said, "There are at least two allegations that law enforcement claims to have matched a latent print to a print alleged to be obtained from Mr. Reyes."
In addition to fingerprints, a shoeprint was also found.
"Counsel notes that it is alleged there was a shoe print apparently on the black plastic bag containing what appears to be the remains of Selena Hidalgo-Calderon," writes the defense in the documents, going on to question if the pattern was matched to any particular shoe.
The defense is also questioning the use of recorded phone calls between Reyes and his mother while he was in jail.
On Feb. 25, the Wayne County Court received a handwritten motion by Alberto Reyes, which was written with the help of a fellow inmate.
In it, Reyes requests "permission to seek inmate assistance in reading, comprehending, and creating legal papers and legal materials." It goes on to explain he is unable to speak, read, or write English.