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Linaras moves closer to trial

Mother accused of dumping newborn

Posted: July 24, 2008 2:02 a.m.
Updated: September 24, 2008 5:03 a.m.
 
The day after she turned 25, Jacqueline Linaras moved closer to trial.

At Wednesday’s pretrial conference in San Fernando Superior Court, Linaras’ trial was set to begin on Sept. 3, meaning trial could begin within two weeks of that date, a court official said.

If that is the case, she will face a jury nearly 2 1/2 years after prosecutors say she dumped her newborn baby in a dumpster and left her there to die.

Linaras is charged with killing her daughter on May 1, 2006.

The lifeless body was discovered by a resident searching for recyclables in a trash bin the next day near Linaras’ home in the Polynesian Mobile Home Park in Newhall.

Linaras and her boyfriend, Jose de la Cruz Depaz, were arrested on May 16, 2006, after a neighbor tipped off investigators.

Charges against de la Cruz Depaz were dropped in early 2007.

If convicted, Linaras would face 25 years to life in prison. She remains in custody without bail at Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood.

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