MOINES, Iowa – A new trial date has been set for the man accused of killing a
mother and her two children in Des Moines back in July of 2019.
to court records, the triple murder trial of Marvin Escobar-Orellana will now
begin on May 11th in Polk County. The judge approved a continuance in the case
Escobar-Orellana is charged with three counts of
first-degree murder in the deaths of Rossibeth Flores-Rodriguez, Grecia
Alvarado-Flores, and Ever Mejia-Flores. Investigators say he shot the three
after an argument with Flores-Rodriguez in July of 2019.
Though Flores-Rodriguez and Escobar-Orellana lived in the
same home, police say they were not romantically involved. Flores-Rodriguez and
her children lived in the basement and Escobar-Orellana and his family lived on
the main floor.
According to court documents, Escobar-Orellana’s eight-year-old
son witnessed the shootings. A judge has approved
an agreement for the child to be deposed in a separate room from his
Officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement say
Escobar-Orellana is an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala. He had been
living in the U.S. under the name Marvin Oswaldo Esquivel-Lopez and had been
deported from the U.S. twice before. He was convicted of illegal entry into the
United States in 2010.
There have already been several delays in the case. The
original trial date was set for October of 2019 but was delayed to January of
2020 and then April.
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