Jury selection is slated to get underway Thursday at the trial of a man accused of fatally stabbing his 31-year-old his wife at their Moreno Valley apartment.
Jose Alexander Rivas, 38, is charged with first-degree murder and a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a knife in the commission of a felony for the 2018 slaying of Dixie Annabelle Rivas.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Mac Fisher ordered several panels of prospective jurors to the Riverside Hall of Justice for screening in preparation for what’s expected to be a roughly weeklong trial. Rivas is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Brosche, deputies were called to the apartment at the intersection of JFK Drive and Perris Boulevard about 4:30 a.m. on March 19, 2018, to investigate reports of an assault.
Deputies found Dixie Rivas inside the residence, suffering from stab wounds to the upper body, Brosche said. The mother of three died at the scene.
Brosche said that the defendant was at the location and was questioned by homicide detectives, after which he was taken into custody without a struggle.
A possible motive for the alleged attack was not disclosed.
Rivas has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.
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