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    Trial set to begin in case of Seattle woman killed after night in Deep Ellum

    The trial comes more than three years after Marisela Botello’s murder.

    Botello was killed after leaving a Deep Ellum bar in Oct. 2020. Surveillance video showed Charles Beltran and the 23-year-old leaving together, but it was unclear what happened to Botello.

    Three roommates were charged with murder: Beltran, Nina Marano and her wife Lisa Dykes.

    This week, Dykes will be the first to stand trial.

    The Dallas County DA’s Office also had all three cases moved to a different judge.

    For Botello’s family members, some who plan to testify as character witnesses, there have been road blocks.

    Two months later, the FBI assisted law enforcement in Cambodia, 9,000 miles away, with taking the couple into custody.

    “I don’t think so at all,” said Castillo. “There’s nothing that can be done, but hopefully, at least some peace of mind for my family.”

    She was from Seattle visiting a friend in Dallas when she was murdered.

    The blood matched Botello’s.



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