Jurors selected in murder trial

The Daily Times staff
Cody Soto sits with his attorneys during jury selection on Tuesday at the Aztec District courthouse in Aztec during the opening of Soto's murder trial.

AZTEC — Attorneys have chosen the 14 men and women who will hear evidence and testimony in Cody Soto's murder trial

Soto, 26, is charged with first-degree murder on allegations he repeatedly stabbed Brandy Robinson, 29, and then dumped her nude body in a remote location near the Bisti Highway on June 22, 2013. The jury selection was on Monday.

Soto, an ex-boyfriend, was one of several persons of interest identified in Robinson's murder. He was accused of body slamming Robinson outside her home only nine days before her death, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Cody Soto

Soto allegedly confessed to the murders during an interview with detectives, but his defense attorneys, Christian Hatfield and Liane Kerr, have claimed in court filings that the confession was coerced.

The jurors, two of whom are alternates, will hear opening statements from prosecutors and the defense this morning. The state has indicated in court filings that it intends to call more than three dozen witnesses during the trial, which is scheduled to conclude next Friday.