Trial Proceedings Begin for Man Accused in Decade-Old San Jacinto Murder

MURRIETA - Jury selection began today in the trial of a manaccused of gunning down a San Jacinto resident in an ambush-style revenge attack. Abram Daniel Palacios, 35, of San Jacinto, is charged with first-degree murder, a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait and sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations for the 2013 slaying of 23-year-old Ivan Ibarra Carrillo. The defendant's half-brother, 50-year-old Juan Javier Mejia of Palm Springs, was convicted in 2016 of identical charges and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Riverside County Superior Court Judge F. Paul Dickerson ruled on pretrial motions Monday and Tuesday, leading to the start of jury selection at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta. The process was slated to resu
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