case could begin on Thursday
By MARIO RENTERÍA
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.