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

A judge has ruled that a Texas woman will be tried for her alleged role in the shooting death of her daughter-in-law.

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.

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