Jury selection begins in trial of 2 accused in young mother's slaying

VISTA - Jury selection was scheduled to begin today in the trial of two ex-cons accused of killing a 20-year-old mother whose bullet-riddled body was found on an Escondido roadside in 2012.
 
Jeffrey Steven McCreary, 44, and Destin Lee Withers, 38, are each charged with murder in the 2012 shooting death of Morayma Denise Rodriguez. Her remains were found around 1:15 p.m. Feb. 1 near the Lawrence Welk Resort.
 
The night prior to her body being found, Rodriguez told family she was going to a casino with friends.
 
Several witnesses testified at an earlier hearing that Rodriguez told friends several days before she was killed that someone gave her drugs against her will and raped her, and that Withers was trying to help her find that person.
 
Rodriguez was survived by her then-11-month-old daughter.
 
McCreary, the alleged gunman, has a criminal history that includes armed robberies, weapon and drug possessions, and buying stolen goods. He faces 100 years to life in prison if convicted. The maximum for Withers, whose criminal past includes stealing cars, would be 28 years to life.

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