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.