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Topeka man pleads guilty in wife's death

Published on -10/7/2013, 3:39 PM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A son and his mother entered guilty pleas Monday in the death of the man's wife earlier this year in Topeka.

Manuel Alcala and his mother, Manuela Alcala, were charged in the Oct. 18, 2012, shooting death of Ashley Alcala, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1a5qOAP ). The trial for both mother and son was scheduled to begin Monday in Shawnee County court, and was expected to last three weeks.

Ashley Alcala was shot and killed Oct. 18, 2012, at her Topeka home.

During Manuel Alcala's plea hearing Monday, Shawnee County District Court Judge Evelyn Wilson said he was charged with the premeditated first-degree murder of Ashley Alcala. The judge then said, "Did you do that?"

"Guilty, your honor," Manuel Alcala told the judge after speaking to Stacey Donovan, one of his defense attorneys.

Earlier Monday, his mother also entered guilty pleas to related felonies in the case, including obstruction of prosecution and interference with law enforcement. Sentencing for both is scheduled for Oct. 24.

Another defendant in the case, Gabino Alcala, is scheduled for a court appearance Tuesday, and a hearing date for a fourth defendant, Benjamin Anaya, hasn't been scheduled.

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