Husband, Mother-in-Law Charged In Topeka Murder

By: Suzie Gilbert Email
By: Suzie Gilbert Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor says the murder of Ashley Alcala, 34, was premeditated.

Ashley's husband, Manuel Alcala, 32, his mother, Manuela Alcala, 58, his brother Gabino Campos Alcala, 19, and Benjamin Anaya, 19, are all charged with premeditated first degree murder, and conspiracy to commit first degree murder, charges stemming from Ashley's death.

Ashley was mother of two, and a counselor, who owned her own business and worked at Stormont Vail Hospital, the same place where she was pronounced dead last Thursday. Police say Ashley was found beaten in her home in the 3,000 block of S.E. Kentucky. They haven't said how she died.

Manuel Alcala, appeared in Shawnee County Court Monday. He was arrested on Saturday (10/20), and is jailed in Shawnee County on $1-million bond. A scheduling hearing for Manuel is set for November 1.

The other three are detained in El Paso, Texas. Taylor says Manuela should be back to Kansas in the next ten business days.

Benjamin Anaya is charged in El Paso with possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, and tampering/fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair. His bond is set at $42,500.

Gabino Campos Alcala is charged with possession of a controlled substance and tampering/fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair. His bond is set at $22,500.

The Shawnee County District Attorney's Office is working with El Paso officials to clear up charges there, and begin extradition proceedings on those two suspects.

If convicted, the four face life in prison.

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