One of Nine Enters Plea Deal, While Judge Orders A Mother And Son To Stand Trial Together

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)__ Another of the nine people charged in the murder of Natalie Gibson struck a deal, and a change of plans for a mother and son charged with murder.

22 year old Ronald Wakes pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter, aggravated robbery and attempted aggravated intimidation of a witness.

Charges all stemming from the July 2011 death of 40 year old Natalie Gibson and shooting of 43 year old Lori Allison.

Wakes who is among nine charged in the case, will be sentenced March 26th. Prosecutors in his case recommend a sentence of eight and a half years.

In another murder case, Manuel Alcala and his mother Manuella originally faced separate trial dates for the October 18th killing of Manuel's wife Ashley Alcala.

The judge granted the states request for consolidation because they are accused in the same crime.

The defense argued that there was separate evidence against the two defendants and it would prejudicially affect the jury's judgement if the two cases were consolidated.

The original trial date of March 25 was set for May 20th to give the state enough time to receive DNA samples for their case.

A status update meeting was scheduled for February 21st to allow Manuela's council to coordinate schedules with her son Manuel's attorneys.