Jury selection begins in second trial for Yakima murder suspect

Yakima Jury Selection
Credit: Emily Goodell, KAPP-KVEW

YAKIMA, Wash. — Jury selection continues this week in the second trial for a 21-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing 55-year-old Michael Ochoa in Yakima in 2018.

Anthony Gregory Mallory was on trial for second-degree murder last month, but court proceedings ended in a mistrial due to juror misconduct. Officials said a juror visited the crime scene against court orders and brought the information into jury deliberations.

Prosecutors said Mallory stabbed Ochoa in the neck Aug. 21, 2018 without any provocation outside a home on West MacLaren Street, between Queen and Pleasant avenues.

While defense attorneys don’t dispute that Mallory stabbed the man, they disagree about why he did it; they claim Ochoa provoked Mallory by using vulgar language.

Jury selection began Monday at the Yakima Valley Sundome, where the process is being held due to COVID-19 restrictions. The trial is anticipated to take about three weeks.

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