Trial for mother and son postponed until October

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) — A Shawnee County judge has postponed the trial of a mother and son who are charged with killing the son’s wife.

Manuela Alcala, of El Paso, Texas, and Manuel Alcala were scheduled to go to trial July 1 in the October 2012 death of 34-year-old Ashley Alcala at her home in Topeka. On Monday, a Shawnee County judge agreed to delay the trial until Oct. 7 because of new information from another suspect.

Two other men from El Paso — including another of Manuela Alcala’s sons — are charged in the case. All four are charged with felony first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit felony first-degree murder.

Defense attorneys did not indicate during the hearing which co-defendant provided the information. 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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