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Hearing in Eastside murder to begin, if key witness shows

May 09, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA

Staff Writer

The trial of a 39-year-old El Centro man accused of fatally stabbing 19-year-old Edward De La Cruz is in its initial stages.

The trial against Salvador Serrato was set for a readiness hearing today.

El Centro police Detective Angie Cuevas said prosecutors are seeking to subpoena a key witness and it was not known if she was going to show up today.

If she doesn't appear, the prosecution will reschedule the hearing until she can testify.

Serrato is charged with killing Harbor City resident De La Cruz on July 1 in the 200 block of East Olive Avenue in El Centro.

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The stabbing occurred after an alleged altercation between De La Cruz and Serrato, who were acquaintances. De La Cruz was a former El Centro resident.

Serrato was arrested the morning of July 16 in a relative's home in the 300 block of Villa Avenue after relatives told police he wanted to turn himself in.

Imperial County Deputy District Attorney Carla Davis will be prosecuting the case. Attorney Eduardo Rivera of Calexico will be defending Serrato.

The trial will be presided over by Superior Court Judge Juan Ulloa in Department 5 of the County Courthouse in El Centro.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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