Alhambra man to stand trial again in slaying of San Gabriel woman

ALHAMBRA — An Alhambra man is due in court next week in his second murder trial in connection with the death of his girlfriend more than four years ago.
A jury in December was unable to reach a verdict in the trial of Isaac Campbell, 36, who is charged with the Aug. 12, 2007 slaying of Liya “Jessie” Lu, 31, of San Gabriel.
The jury hung 10-2, with 10 in favor of convicting Campbell, Deputy District Attorney Steve Ipson said.
A pre-trial hearing for his second trial has been set for Jan. 12 in Alhambra Superior Court, the prosecutor said.
“I would hope that we could get it to trial within a month after (that hearing),” he said.
Campbell is accused of killing Lu in his apartment before hiding her body in a trash can which he left at a friend’s home in Arcadia.
The defense argued during the previous trial that Campbell discovered Lu’s body and handled the situation badly, but he did not kill her.
Defense attorney James Duffy could not be reached for comment Thursday.
One obstacle for the prosecution is the fact that coroner’s investigators were unable to determine an officials cause of death for Lu, Ipson said, but the case against Campbell remains strong.
“Jurors naturally expect to hear the coroner testify to cause of death, but I think we can overcome that,” Ipson said.
Campbell was arrested in Minnesota following the discovery of Lu’s body about a month after she was reported missing.
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