Valley Center Murder Trial Re-Scheduled

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- The trial has been delayed for a 54-year-old man accused of killing a woman at a Sedgwick County commune more than a decade ago.

The trial of Daniel Perez had been scheduled for next week but was continued Wednesday until Sept. 29.

The Wichita Eagle reports Perez faces several charges including first-degree premeditated murder in the 2003 death of 26-year-old Patricia Hughes. He's jailed on $2.1 million bond.

Authorities say Perez led a commune in Valley Center, a suburb of Wichita, known as Angel's Landing. Perez is also accused of living off life insurance payments of the commune's dead members.

Hughes was initially believed to have drowned while trying to rescue her 2-year-old daughter from the pool. Her life insurance payout was 2 million dollars.

Posted by Greg Palmer


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