Mother, son to be tried together in woman’s death

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – A mother and son will be tried together in the shooting death of the son’s estranged wife in Topeka.

A Shawnee County District Court judge ruled that Manuela Alcala and her son, Manuel Alcala, will be tried together in the October 2012 death of 34-year-old Ashley Alcala. She was shot to death at her home.

The Alcalas, all of El Paso, Texas, wanted to be tried separately but District Judge Evelyn Wilson ruled Wednesday it was appropriate to consolidate the cases. The trial is scheduled to begin July 1.

The two are charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Two other men – including another of Manuela Alcala’s son – are also charged with first-degree murder in the woman’s death. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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