Jury selection in stabbing death

May 15, 2002

case could begin on Thursday


Staff Writer

A jury selection date has been tentatively set for the murder trial of a 40-year-old El Centro man accused of fatally stabbing 19-year-old Edward De La Cruz in July.

Salvador Serrato, accused of killing De La Cruz, was in court Tuesday during a readiness hearing. Superior Court Judge Juan Ulloa assigned the case to Superior Court Judge Christopher Yeager in Department 2 in the County Courthouse in El Centro.

Yeager announced Tuesday afternoon that jury selection tentatively is to start Thursday afternoon.

A pretrial hearing in the case was conducted this morning in the jail court in the Imperial County Sheriff's Office. During that hearing, Yeager was to rule on motions filed by Imperial County Deputy District Attorney Susana Salgado and defense attorney Eduardo Rivera of Calexico.


The alleged stabbing occurred July 1 in the 200 block of East Olive Avenue in El Centro after Serrato and De La Cruz allegedly engaged in an altercation.

De La Cruz, a former local resident living in Harbor City, was in El Centro visiting relatives.

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

El Centro police Detective Angie Cuevas is the lead investigator in the case.

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

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