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Jury selection under way in fatal stabbing case

May 17, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA

Staff Writer

Jury selection began Thursday in the 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 Thursday with his attorney, Eduardo Rivera of Calexico, as jury selection began.

Imperial County Deputy District Attorney Susana Salgado and El Centro police Detective Angie Cuevas, who are prosecuting the case, were present.

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Superior Court Judge Christopher Yeager told jurors the trial will last about three weeks. Jury selection continued today.

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

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

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

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

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