Guevara pleads not guilty in 2008 death, rape of Lake Charles wo - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Guevara pleads not guilty in 2008 death, rape of Lake Charles woman

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Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office) Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara. (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office)
Wanda Barton. (Source: Family) Wanda Barton. (Source: Family)
LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara has pleaded not guilty to all charges in connection with the 2008 death and rape of a Lake Charles woman.

Garcia Guevara, 26, was arrested on July 30 and is charged with second-degree murder, aggravated rape and aggravated burglary.

The victim in the case, 26-year-old Wanda Barton was killed inside her mobile home off of Country Club Road in the early morning hours of Feb. 19, 2008.

According to investigators, Barton was stabbed to death in front of her 4-year-old stepson.

At the time, Garcia Guevara was an illegal alien working at a construction job in the Lake Charles area, and he was a neighbor of Barton, authorities said.

A trial for Garcia Guevara has been set for Jan. 26, 2015.

For more information on the case, click HERE.

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