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Ex-fugitive faces trial in Saginaw girl's death

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Angelica Olivarez and her son. Angelica Olivarez and her son.
Six-year-old Layla Jones. Six-year-old Layla Jones.
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) -

A Michigan man accused of killing the mother of his 3-year-old son during a year on the run from the fatal drive-by shooting of a 6-year-old girl is facing trial in the first killing.

Jury selection for 24-year-old Michael D. Lawrence and a co-defendant is scheduled Tuesday afternoon. They're charged with first-degree murder in the August 2012 slaying of 6-year-old Lay'la Jones in Saginaw.

A judge is expected to decide whether Lawrence and 22-year-old Rico A. Saldana will face separate trials.

Saginaw police say Lawrence killed 23-year-old Angelica Olivarez. He is awaiting trial in that case. Police discovered her body April 15 in her home after 3-year-old Michael Lawrence III was found wandering the streets.

An FBI-led task force captured Lawrence Aug. 30 in Las Vegas.

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