Court Update: Maria Perez-Marquez set for May jury trial

The Omaha, Neb., woman who was involved in a November 2017 head-on collision that killed three members of a Sabetha family, appeared in court and is now set for a jury trial.

According to Jackson County Attorney Shawna Miller, 49-year-old Maria Perez-Marquez appeared for a preliminary hearing on Friday, Jan. 11. During the hearing, Perez-Marquez entered pleas of not guilty on five counts – three counts of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of aggravated battery – with which she is being charged.

The jury trial is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1, through Friday, May 3.

In early December 2018, Perez-Marquez’s original bond amount was reinstated, in addition to three family members being required to sign a separate $10,000 own recognizance (OR) bond for a total of $30,000. Perez-Marquez also was required to sign a waiver of extradition.

Perez-Marquez originally was arrested Thursday, Aug. 23, in Omaha, Neb., on a Jackson County warrant for three felony counts of involuntary manslaughter and two felony counts of aggravated battery, as well as a misdemeanor count of reckless driving.

These charges stem from a fatal head-on collision that occurred on U.S. Highway 75 on Nov. 25, 2017, which killed three members of a Sabetha family and seriously injured one. Perez-Marquez and her passenger also were injured in the accident.

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Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.


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