Washington man formerly convicted begins second murder trial

(Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com)

LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) — A second murder trial has begun for a Washington man previously convicted, but he claims self-defense.

The Everett Herald reports that defense attorney Phil Sayles says 27-year-old Encarnacion Salas told him he stabbed 40-year-old Jesse Cardenas Lopez in self-defense in 2014.

Officials say a jury convicted Salas of the same crime in 2015, but the guilty verdict was overturned because of prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective counsel.

Officials say the same judge is presiding over this trial, despite a filed motion from defense for a different judge.

Officials say Salas described his relationship with Cardenas Lopez as “kind of homosexual,” but that he was upset about his friend’s sexual advances.

Prosecutors say his friend’s mother witnessed Salas kill her son.

Defendants say Salas fought in defense.