El Paso: ex-girlfriend says body dumped in desert

October 14, 2010 6:17:00 AM PDT
An ex-girlfriend of an El Paso man on trial over the slaying of his mother says she accompanied him when he allegedly dumped the body. Testimony was to resume Thursday in the El Paso murder trial of 30-year-old David Marmolejo.

The body of 54-year-old Gloria Huerta Marmolejo was discovered in July 2009 in the desert. An autopsy revealed she was strangled.

Mariah Wilson, who is the defendant's step-sister, testified Wednesday that she helped him clean the murder scene at the Marmolejo home. Wilson also told jurors that she was with Marmolejo, driving to the Santa Teresa desert, where the body was dumped.

Prosecutors have granted Wilson immunity, in exchange for her testimony. She said she feared Marmolejo, but decided in March to tell authorities what happened.

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