By Associated Press

Defendant’s attorney says killing was self defense

FRESNO, Calif. — The attorney for a murder suspect says his client killed the victim because the man had allegedly sexually assaulted him.

Attorney Michael Aed told jurors that 36-year-old Fernando Limon killed in self-defense in 2001 after he awakened to find 32-year-old Jorge Perez naked from the waist down.

Limon’s trial began Monday, March 2 in Fresno County Superior Court.

According to testimony, Perez picked up Limon, whom he found walking in Fresno, had lunch and took him to sit in the sun next to a river. He said he later woke up in Perez’ bedroom.

Aed said his client "feels violated because he’s not gay."

Limon was arrested in 2005 while serving time in Corcoran State Prison after a bloody palm print linked him to the scene.

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