Trial Begins for 2015 Capital Murder Case

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MCALLEN – A woman accused in a 2015 high-profile capital murder case appeared before a jury Monday.   

Monica Melissa Patterson is charged with capital murder in the death of her client, 96-year-old Martin Knell. 

Patterson is accused of killing Knell by asphyxiation while working at Casa De Consuelo Comfort House in McAllen.

A criminal complaint reveals Patterson and co-defendant, Angel Mario Garza, told Knell’s caretaker to lie to authorities about what happened.

More than 250 potential jurors were called. 


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