ALEXANDRIA, S.D. (AP) - A man serving a life prison for murdering a South Dakota teenager is refusing to testify against his girlfriend during her upcoming murder trial.
State Penitentiary Officer Mark Schlosser said in court Thursday that Alexander Salgado has promised to cause problems if forced to go to court. Schlosser says Salgado has been involved in violent incidents in prison and is being held in disciplinary segregation.
Prosecutors want a judge to allow a videotape of Salgado's confession to be shown during the trial of 17-year-old Maricela Diaz. She's being tried in adult court in the November 2009 kidnapping and death of 16-year-old Jasmine Guevara. Authorities say Guevara was lured to a rural area, stabbed and left in a burning vehicle.
Diaz's lawyer objects to the videotape.