- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Prosecutors say a woman accused in the killing of a Mitchell teenager five years ago targeted the victim to keep her away from her boyfriend. Defense attorneys say their client was herself a victim of her boyfriend.

Maricela Diaz is charged in the 2009 death of 16-year-old Jasmine Guevara. Diaz was 15 at the time, but is being tried in adult court.

Investigators say Diaz and boyfriend Alexander Salgado lured Guevara to a remote site near Mitchell, stabbed her and left her to die in the trunk of a burning car. Salgado is serving a life sentence.

Prosecutors said Monday in opening statements that Diaz was a jealous teen who made a choice. Defense attorneys countered that Salgado abused Diaz and demanded that she take the blame for Guevara’s murder.



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