ALHAMBRA — The second murder trial for an Alhambra man accused of killing his girlfriend and hiding her body in a trash can in Arcadia is scheduled to begin Friday, officials said.
Isaac Campbell, 37, is charged with the Aug. 12, 2007 slaying of Liya “Jessie” Lu, 31. of San Gabriel.
An Alhambra Superior Court deadlocked late last year 10-2 in favor of convicting Campbell of murder, and prosecutors elected to re-try the case.
Though the trial is scheduled to begin Friday, Deputy District Attorney Steve Ipsen, who is prosecuting the case, said he expects the proceedings to get off to a slow start.
Officials Friday will probably only set a date for jury selection, he said, which will likely be next week.
Campbell is accused of killing Lu in his apartment.
He then hid her body in a trash can which he stored at a friend’s home in Arcadia, authorities allege. The friend notified police after discovering Lu’s remains.
The defense argued during the first murder trial that Campbell did not kill Lu, but rather merely discovered her body and handled the situation badly. He was arrested in Minnesota.
Coroner’s officials were never able to determine exactly how Lu died.
According to county booking records, Campbell was being held in lieu of $1,025,000 bail.
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