TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A man accused of assisting in his sister-in-law's murder will stand trial.
A judge bound over Gabino Alcala Tuesday on charges of felony first degree murder and conspiracy.
The Topeka Capital Journal reports a detective testified at Alcala's preliminary hearing Tuesday that Alcala told him he went to his sister-in-law Ashley's home last October with family friend Benjamin anaya and his brother Manuel Alcala, who was Ashley's estranged husband. The detective testified Gabino told him he heard Ashley enter the home, then heard a gunshot.
The detective says Gabino claimed he tried to talk his brother out of the killing.
Their mother, Manuela, also is charged in the crime. A motion for the judge to again consider whether Manuel and Manuela will be tried together is May 7th. Manuel Alcala's attorneys argued they were not able to give their input on the motion at a prior hearing.
If the judge rules a joint trial should move forward, it is tentatively scheduled to start July 1 and last three weeks.