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Yolanda Saldivar Trial: 1995

A Rising Star, Killing Follows Embezzlement Accusations, Trial Focuses On Shooting Aftermath

Defendant: Yolanda Saldivar
Crime Charged: Murder
Chief Defense Lawyer: Doug Tinker
Chief Prosecutor Carlos Valdez
Judge: Mike Westergren
Place: Houston, Texas
Date of Trial: October 11-23, 1995
Verdict: Guilty
Sentence: Life in prison with possibility of parole in 30 years

SIGNIFICANCE: The fate of a popular music star's killer hung on one question: Was she a suicidal woman accidentally shooting the object of her adoration, or was she a coldblooded murderer playing the blame game?

By age 23, Selena Quintanilla Perez had taken the Tex-Mex world of Tejano music by storm. Known simply as "Selena," the pretty, diminutive singer with the big voice and squeaky-clean image was poised to take her popular, award-winning sound into the American mainstream. But her violent death at the hands of the woman who organized Selena's fan club and whom the young singer called "mother" bitterly ended those dreams.

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