Jury selection in Kan. murder trial to last a week

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Shawnee County judge estimates it will take a week to pick a jury for the trial of a mother and son who are charged with killing the son’s wife.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/1bbYXp0 ) reports that a hearing was held Tuesday to map out details of the upcoming trial for 32-year-old Manuel Alcala of Topeka and his mother, 58-year-old Manuela Alcala, of El Paso, Texas. They are charged with felony first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the October 2012 death of 34-year-old Ashley Alcala at her home in Topeka.

Two-hundred-fifty prospective people will be called as prospective jurors when the trial starts Oct. 7.

Two others are scheduled to be tried later in the killing — Manuel Alcala’s brother, Gabino Alcala, and another man, Benjamin Anaya.


Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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