Man on trial for murder, again

Posted at 1:20 PM, May 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-03 20:32:20-04

The fate of Alejandro Leon rests in the hands of the jury, again, and they are still deliberating whether to find Leon guilty of first degree murder for a second time.

Leon is accused of killing Evelynn Chuca and leaving her body in a fire pit on a property on Edison Highway in May 2014.


When deputies arrived at the scene, a partial skull and three fingers were the only salvageable pieces from the fire pit. Fingerprints from the remaining fingers were used to identify the body as Chuca.

Detectives found the rest of the body inside a fly covered tote inside one of the trailers on the property.

The coroner found six stab wounds in Chuca's lungs and another in her throat.

Leon had been convicted for killing Chuca in October 2014, but was given a new trial after the prosecution made a mistake during closing arguments of the trial. 

A recording of a 911 call that hadn’t been redacted or admitted to evidence was played and the defense said that the course of the trial could have changed if it had been made known earlier.

The new trial has taken over a month to complete.