- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The first-degree murder trial of a man accused in the stabbing death of an Arkansas auto mechanic has been postponed a second time.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1yL3mZX ) the trial of 29-year-old Juan Pablo Perez-Lopez was scheduled to begin Monday in Washington County Circuit Court. The case was instead rescheduled to May 5.

Perez-Lopez is accused of stabbing 48-year-old Jesus Cecilio Villalobos about 20 times on Feb. 13, 2013. Perez-Lopez has pleaded not guilty.

Perez-Lopez’s original trial date was in November. The trial was postponed a second time because a mental evaluation to determine if he’s fit to stand trial hasn’t been completed. An earlier examination found Perez-Lopez fit to proceed.

If convicted, Perez-Lopez faces either life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty.

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Information from: Northwest Arkansas Times, https://www.nwaonline.com


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