Loretto "Kyle" Alegria, the young man who believes he should be
executed for raping and murdering a 7-year-old Ajo girl will be
going to trial in October.
Judge Deborah Bernini set aside four weeks for Alegria's trial
Monday, starting Oct. 18.
If convicted, prosecutors will seek the death penalty
Almeida's June 2009 slaying.
Rhia was beaten and stabbed to death when she went to visit
Alegria's little brother to play, authorities say.
Her body was found in a wash behind Alegria's home by two girls
riding their bicycles two hours after Rhia left home.
When Alegria goes to trial, he'll be going with two new
Darlene Edminson-O'Brien and Walter Palser have been replaced by
Don Klein and Brian Metcalf. The switch occurred after Alegria
refused to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence recently,
saying he deserves to die instead.
All four attorneys work for the public defender's
Metcalf told Judge Bernini yesterday that Alegria's IQ is 73, give
or take four points. Since one must have an IQ of at least 75 to be
executed, Alegria may not be eligible for the death
Alegria is suffering from clinical depression with psychotic
features, a low IQ and neurological deficits, Metcalf
That being the case, it's difficult to tell if Alegria is receiving
and processing information normally and/or is capable of making
rational decisions, Metcalf said.
Additional testing will be needed, the defense attorney told the