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Salvador Serrato trial postpones until Monday

May 18, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

Jury selection in the trial of a 40-year-old El Centro man accused of fatally stabbing 19-year-old Edward De La Cruz in July 2001 was postponed until Monday.

Jury selection began Thursday afternoon and was set to continue Friday but was delayed until Monday. Instead of jury selection, both attorneys in the case, Imperial County Deputy District Attorney Susana Salgado and defense attorney Eduardo Rivera of Calexico, along with Salvador Serrato, the defendant, were in the County Courthouse in El Centro Thursday afternoon as Superior Court Judge Christopher Yeager ruled on motions in the case.

Jury selection will be in Department 7 of the courthouse but the actual trial will be in Department 2.

Salgado and Rivera were not available for comment.

The stabbing occurred July 1, 2001 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.

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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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