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Crime Q&A: Has man been tried for 2014 slaying of Elk Grove mother?

Q: What is the status of the case of Marissa Pineda de Almanza who was allegedly killed by Moses Valdez in Elk Grove?

Tom, Elk Grove

A: Moses Valdez remains in Sacramento County Jail charged with murder in the November 2014 shooting death of 37-year-old Marissa Pineda de Almanza.

According to Sacramento Superior Court records available online, his trial is set for Nov. 1.

De Almanza, the mother of two, was discovered in her Franklin Boulevard apartment by her estranged husband on Nov. 5, 2014. In February 2015, authorities identified Valdez, an acquaintance of De Almanza, as the prime suspect. He was located in Mexico, where he was arrested and deported to the United States.

Valdez, 39, was reported to be a validated gang member with an extensive criminal history.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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