The trial for the late-October murder of three local Perry residents will occur at the Dallas County Courthouse in Adel on Monday, March 13 at 9:30 a.m.
Carlos Marlo Hernandez-Ventura, 25, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder for the death of Lourdes Flor De Leake, 34, and daughter Melany Elizabeth Barraza, 14. A third victim, Juan Jimenez, 78, was found injured on the scene. Jimenez later passed away at the Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.
The bodies of two women, along with a third male victim were found at 802 Sixth St in Perry on Saturday, Oct. 29. It is believed that Hernandez-Ventura was the boyfriend of Lourdes Flor De Leake.
The weapon found at the residence was a machete.
A warrant was issued for Hernandez-Ventura’s arrest on Oct. 31.
On Nov. 2, Hernandez-Ventura was charged with Attempted Murder, resulting in a cash-only bond for $3 million. Following the charge, a Preliminary Hearing was set for Nov. 11.
The Defendant waived the Preliminary Hearing on Nov. 14. His charge became three counts of first-degree murder.
Hernandez-Ventura pleaded not guilty on Dec. 22.
Following the plea, a psychological evaluation took place on Jan. 10, the bill was $2,974.20.
The March trial at the Dallas County Courthouse was set on Feb. 17.
Until the trial, Hernandez-Ventura will be held in the Dallas County Jail.
He will be represented by Jill Eimermann of the Iowa Public Defender Office.