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Mother, son to be tried same day in Topeka death

Published on -1/3/2013, 7:22 AM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Trials for a mother and son charged in the death of the man's wife will start on the same day in different Topeka courtrooms.

Thirty-two-year-old Manuel Campos Alcala of Topeka was bound over Wednesday on first-degree murder and other charges tied to the Oct. 18 shooting death of his wife, 34-year-old Ashley Alcala, at her Topeka home.

His trial was scheduled to start March 25. That's the same day his mother, Manuela Alcala, of El Paso, Texas, is scheduled for trial on the same charges.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Tyt67l ) prosecutors said they would shuttle witnesses from one courtroom to another.

Two 19-year-old men from El Paso -- including another of Manuela Alcala's son -- are also charged with first-degree murder in her death.

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