Jury selection underway for trial of man accused of setting mother aflame

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INDIO (CNS) - Jury selection entered its third day today for the murder trial of a man who allegedly set his mother on fire during a dispute outside her Coachella Valley workplace. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Israel Ramirez Guardado, 38, who is accused of killing 61-year-old Francisca Ramirez in North Shore last year. The defendant, who is acting as his own attorney, is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated mayhem and torture, with a special circumstance allegation of inflicting torture in the commission of a murder, making him eligible for capital punishment if convicted. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Anthony Villalobos began screening prospective jurors Tuesday at the Larson Justice Center in Indio. The selection process may continue until mid-Nove
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