Trial date set for Kansas commune leader
A Sedgwick County judge on Wednesday rescheduled the trial of 53-year-old Daniel U. Perez for March 31.
Perez is charged with murder in the 2003 death of Patricia Hughes at the group’s compound near Wichita. The 26-year-old woman was initially believed to have accidentally drowned while trying to rescue her 2-year-old daughter from the pool.
Perez also faces charges of rape, sodomy and sexual exploitation of a child.
Defense lawyers have argued that there’s not enough evidence to put Perez on trial.