SAGINAW, Michigan — Jury selection has started for a Michigan man accused of strangling the mother of his 3-year-old son during a year on the run from the fatal drive-by shooting of a 6-year-old girl.
MLive.com (http://bit.ly/J3w15J ) says selection began Tuesday after Saginaw County Circuit Judge Darnell refused a defense request that 24-year-old Michael D. Lawrence stand trial separately from a co-defendant in the first killing.
Lawrence and 22-year-old Rico A. Saldana are charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 29, 2012, slaying of 6-year-old Lay'la Jones in Saginaw.
Rico A. Saldana, 22, left, and his attorney James Piazza wait for the beginning of Saldana's trial with Michael D. Lawrence, 24, in front of Saginaw County Circuit Judge Darnell Jackson, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. Saldana and Lawrence are charged with first-degree premeditated murder and 19 other felonies in the Aug. 29, 2012, drive-by shooting death of 6-year-old Lay'la Jones on Saginaw's northeast side. (AP Photo/The Saginaw News, Jeff Schrier)
Lawrence also awaits a murder trial in the April 15 killing of 23-year-old Angelica Olivarez. Saginaw police discovered her body in her home after 3-year-old Michael Lawrence III was found wandering the streets.
An FBI-led team caught the father Aug. 30 in Las Vegas.
Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, http://www.mlive.com
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