Trial delayed for woman accused of killing romantic rival


SPRINGFIELD, MASS. >> The trial of a Springfield woman accused of using her vehicle to run down and kill a woman she perceived as a romantic rival has been delayed.

Ana Mercedes Franceschi faces murder and other charges in the February 2013 death of Yasmin Marin. Prosecutors said 42-year-old Franceschi thought Marin caused the breakup with her boyfriend, and ran her down as the victim crossed the street with her teenage daughter.

The boyfriend has said he and Marin were not romantically involved.

The Republican reports jury selection was scheduled to begin Tuesday. But defense lawyer Jared Olanoff asked the judge for a continuation, saying he needs time to discuss police reports he recently received. The trial was moved to Feb. 29.

Franceschi has been held without bail since pleading not guilty.

Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican,


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