Trial to be­gin for ac­cused killer of land­scaper

The Covington News - - Front page - AM­BER PITTMAN apittman@cov­

Jury se­lec­tion in the death penalty case against ac­cused mur­derer Pablo Fer­nando Mal­don­ado be­gan this week.

The 25 year old is ac­cused of be­ing the ring­leader in the murder of Rock­dale land­scaper Ti­mothy Clements, whose body was found in Snap­ping Shoals Creek in the sum­mer of 2009.

One de­fen­dant, Ka­tria McClain, 19, took a plea bar­gain in 2010. The two other de­fen­dants, 21-year-old Brit­tany Beasley and 20-year-old Chris­tian Cald­well, are both in­car­cer­ated at the New­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter. They have not yet been to trial, nor have they ac­cepted a plea deal.

A jury could be seated in the case as early as week’s end. A death penalty trial typ­i­cally takes at least a week, of­ten­times longer. Fol­low­ing the sen­tenc­ing phase, ju­rors then move into the penalty phase, where they de­cide if the de­fen­dant’s ac­tions war­rant the death penalty or an­other, lesser, sen­tence.


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