Some Evidence Thrown Out in Double-Homicide Trial

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A suspect in two killings in Hannibal will go on trial Monday, but a judge ruled that some evidence will not be allowed.

Thirty-four-year-old Manuel G. Cazares is charged with two counts of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the stabbing deaths of his former girlfriend, 27-year-old Amanda R. Thomas, and 25-year-old C. Patrick Epley. They were found dead Feb. 28, 2009, at her Hannibal home.

St. Charles County Judge Nancy Schneider ruled Thursday that the jury can’t be told that Cazares is an illegal immigrant or that Thomas had taken out three orders of protection against him.

The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that Cazares’ attorney argued that information would be prejudicial, and prosecutors did not object.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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