Second trial begins for Ketchikan man accused of murder

Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2001

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Jury selection began Monday in the retrial of Jose M. ''Che'' Mateu, charged with first-degree murder in the January 2000 death of his father, Jose R. Mateu, in their home.

The first trial in Ketchikan Superior Court ended in May with a hung jury.

Mateu, 18, also is charged with evidence tampering. The trial is expected to last three weeks.

In the first trial, District Attorney Steve West said the two ate a spaghetti dinner the night of the shooting and that the younger Mateu spent the night at a friend's house.

West said the elder Mateu was shot once in the back of the head while sitting in a recliner soon after eating dinner.

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