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Crime Q&A: Has suspect been tried in slaying of Elk Grove mother?

Q: What is the status of the homicide that happened in Elk Grove apartments? The victim’s name was Marissa de Almanza.

Anonymous, Elk Grove

A: Moses Valdez, 40, is charged with murder in the November 2014 shooting death of 37-year-old Marissa Pineda de Almanza.

His trial date has been reset several times. According to Sacramento Superior Court records available online, he is scheduled for a trial readiness conference May 16, with a trial set for June 8.

De Almanza, the mother of two, was found dead 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 was reported to be a validated gang member with an extensive criminal history.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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