Husband on trial in death of his newlywed wife
|By David Ovalle, The Miami Herald|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
He is charged with first-degree murder. Opening statements are set Thursday morning before
The trial is expected to last six to eight weeks.
Escoto, 42, has rejected the services of court-appointed lawyers
During sworn testimony in the civil case, Escoto offered glaring inconsistencies about events the night of the murder, leading to the charges against him,
One of the key witnesses is Homestead accountant
Cerrillo said she helped Escoto crush up Percocet pills into a powder to knock out Trapaga. She also allowed him to dunk her own head into a bathtub, to practice how to drown the young woman.
Prosecutors say Escoto wound up beating Trapaga to death with a tire iron inside the
"He told me that he loved me, that ... he didn't love her, that it was a plan, that he was going to get an insurance policy on her and that she was going to die and that we were going to be together," Cerrillo told prosecutors. "That we were going to get married."
While Cerrillo can't be imprisoned for her role in the slaying, she has since been found liable in civil court as part of a lawsuit filed by the Trapaga family. In September, a jury ordered Cerrillo pay
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