Commune Leader's Hearing Offers Glimpse Into Case

By: AP posted by Carissa Fox
By: AP posted by Carissa Fox

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Prosecutors are preparing to present evidence to justify a murder trial for a 2003 death initially thought to be an accidental drowning.

A preliminary hearing for 52-year-old Daniel U. Perez begins Tuesday.

Perez is accused of the premeditated murder of Patricia Hughes. She died at a Valley Center compound where Perez and others allegedly lived off life insurance payouts from deceased members of their group.

An attorney for Perez did not return a message seeking comment.

Perez also faces multiple counts of lying on life insurance applications, rape, sodomy, criminal threat and making false statements on credit applications.


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