Valencia Upset Over New Trial

1 decade 11 months 3 weeks ago Monday, April 30 2007 Apr 30, 2007 Monday, April 30, 2007 1:57:48 PM CDT April 30, 2007 in News
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COLUMBIA - The mother of a man allegedly slain by former Columbia police officer Steven Rios said she fell apart when she learned Rios had won a new trial. On Friday Rios' conviction was overturned because of the use of two hearsay statements. Linda Valencia said she has just begun to heal from the 2004 throat-slashing death of her son, who was having an affair with Rios. University of Missouri-Columbia student Jesse Valencia was found dead in a yard near a home where he'd been at a party. A neighbor in the building reported hearing Valencia arguing with someone early that morning. Reached at his home in Kentucky, Valencia's step-father Lupe Valencia told the Columbia Missourian that he was "a little bit chapped" that Rios had been granted a new trial.

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