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Jury Picked In Streator Murder Trial

Posted by wlpo on March 20, 2012

A jury of seven men and five women will decide the fate of a Streator man accused of shooting and killing his wife.

Opening statements are expected to begin today in the trial of 45-year old James Alvarado.  Alvarado was convicted of murder by a jury in 2007 in the case but the Third District Appellate Court in Ottawa gave him a new trial citing prosecution errors.   The sides have agreed the first trial won’t be mentioned to the jury during the new trial.

Alvarado is accused of shooting his wife Angela once in their rural Streator home in 2006 after an argument over an alleged affair.  Alvarado says he blacked out and didn’t remember the shooting.  He did call 911 to send an ambulance for his wife after the shooting.

It took a jury only a half hour the first time around to convict Alvarado.  He was originally given 45 years in prison.

La Salle County State’s Attorney Brian Towne will lead the prosecution’s case while Louis Bertrand is defending Alvarado.

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