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Houston Prepares For Selena Trial

Mon., Oct. 9, 1995

Court workers braced for crowds of reporters and spectators for Monday’s opening of the trial of a woman accused of killing Selena.

“What I’m hearing from the Spanish media is this is their O.J.,” said Janet Warner, one of the Harris County courthouse coordinators. “They’re treating this like the O.J. trial.”

Unlike O.J. Simpson’s trial in Los Angeles, however, fans of Selena - the popular Tejano-style singer - won’t get gavel-to-gavel television coverage of Yolanda Saldivar’s trial. The judge rejected requests to allow cameras in the courtroom.

Saldivar, 35, is accused of gunning down Selena, her former employer, when the two met at a motel in Corpus Christi on March 31 to discuss the transfer of business records.

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