Plea possible for Hannibal murder suspect

Monday, April 5, 2010 | 9:29 a.m. CDT

HANNIBAL — The attorney for an illegal immigrant accused of killing two people in Hannibal said a plea agreement could be announced this week.

A hearing for 33-year-old Manuel Cazares is scheduled Tuesday in St. Charles, where the case was moved on a change of venue.

Cazares is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the February 2009 deaths of his former girlfriend, Amanda Thomas, and Carl Patrick Epley. Both were stabbed to death at Thomas' home.

Police said Cazares, who is from Mexico, turned himself in and admitted to committing the crimes out of jealousy.

The case is scheduled to go to trial April 13, but court-appointed defense attorney Todd Schulze said he anticipates a plea. He did not specify the charges to which Cazares might plead.


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