November 24, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A California man accused of killing a federal investigator will stand trial before a jury.
The Oakland Tribune reports that after a hearing that lasted more than a week, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Thomas Reardon made the decision Tuesday after ruling that prosecutors had presented enough evidence that 56-year-old Randy Alana strangled his girlfriend, 50-year-old Sandra Coke, and dumped her body in a dry creek bed in Vacaville.
According to testimony revealed earlier, Coke and Alana dated 20 years ago and Alana was the father of Coke's teenage daughter. The relationship was rekindled when Alana was released from prison last year.
Coke was an investigator with the Federal Public Defender's Office in Sacramento. Her body was found five days after she was reported missing on Aug. 4.
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