Texas Woman To Go On Trial For Role In Son’s Wife’s Death

Manuela Alcala (File)

TOPEKA, Kan. (January 1, 2013)—Manuela Alcala, 57, of El Paso, will go on trial for her alleged role in the shooting death of her daughter-in-law in Topeka, Kan., a judged ruled Monday after a preliminary hearing.

The judge said Alcala will be tried for first-degree murder in the death of Ashley Alcala, 34.

Her trial is scheduled to start March 25.

The victim's husband, Manuel Alcala, 32, of Topeka, and two 19-year-old men from El Paso are also charged with first-degree murder in the death.

One of the 19-year-old men is also Manuela Alcala's son.

Testimony on Monday indicated that investigators found a hand-drawn map at Manuela Alcala's home in El Paso that had an "X'' marking the Topeka home Ashley Alcala.

Testimony also showed that Manuela Alcala owed her daughter-in-law about $4,000.

Ashley Alcala was found dead on Oct. 18 of a gunshot wound to the head.