Bench trail set for woman charged for murder

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It looks like the final defendant in an old murder case may go to trial instead of taking plea agreements like the other two.

Rebecca Camilla Hernandez has been in Wichita County jail since September 2013 and turned 47 Thursday.

Another plea hearing was set Thursday but no plea was entered, and now Hernandez is set for a bench trial on Oct. 25. 

Following a previous plea hearing, Hernandez’s defense attorney Michael Payne said a plea agreement could not be reached.

The other two defendants charged in the 2010 murder of  Nichalaus Shaffer of Waco already accepted plea agreements.

That case went cold for several years until the arrest of Hernandez’s sister Leslie Acosta in 2013. Hernandez was then also arrested, followed by the third suspect Corey Raiford.

Police said Acosta told them Shaffer was killed because he cheated on a drug deal, and his body was dumped in a ditch off River Road. 

Raiford and Acosta pleaded guilty and got 35 and 25 years respectively.

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