A Salvadoran man who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the December 2005 stabbing death of Eliezer Rodriguez is asking to withdraw his plea and have a trial on the original charges, according to court documents.
Through attorney Stephen H. Sacks, Angel Teodoro Villatoro, 36, said in a motion filed Sept. 13 that he wants to withdraw his June 9 guilty plea because he did not stab Rodriguez and did not participate "in the actions leading to the victim's death."
He also claims he did not get to raise the issue of self-defense before making the plea.
Villatoro originally was charged with first-degree and second-degree murder in the Dec. 10, 2005, stabbing death of Rodriguez and the stabbing of his stepfather, Cesar Rodriguez, who survived his injuries. Both were stabbed during a fight in the 100 block of West North Avenue at about 1 a.m., police said.