Trial begins for man accused in Oct. 2016 Wyoming strangulation death

Raul Perez is accused of killing 31-year-old Karla Magana.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (WZZM) - Opening statements are set to begin Tuesday, Aug. 29 in the murder trial of Raul Perez, who is accused in the strangulation death of a woman he considered his girlfriend.

Perez is accused of strangling Karla Guadalupe Magana, 31, at an apartment at 1484 44th St. SW east of Burlingame Avenue. Her body was found Oct. 26 in a bathroom.

Perez is charged with open murder. A jury was seated Monday in Kent County Circuit Court.

According to earlier testimony, Perez, 44, admitted to attacking the victim because he thought she was going to leave him for another man.

Wyoming police found Magana’s naked body in the bathroom covered by a towel. Perez was found asleep in bed.

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