- Associated Press - Sunday, January 3, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - The trial of a Springfield woman accused of using her vehicle to run down and kill a woman she perceived as a romantic rival is scheduled to start.

Ana Mercedes Franceschi faces murder and other charges in the February 2013 death of Yasmin Marin. The Republican (https://bit.ly/1PwW0lr ) reports that her trial is scheduled to start Wednesday in Hampden Superior Court.

Prosecutors say Franceschi thought Marin caused the breakup with her boyfriend, and ran her down as the victim crossed the street with her teenage daughter. She then left the scene. Marin died at the hospital.

The boyfriend said although he and Marin were friends, they were not romantically involved.

The defendant said she didn’t mean to strike anyone. She has been held without bail since pleading not guilty.

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