Nearly five years after 18-year-old Krista-Rae Pike was murdered in Madera, the two accused of killing her will be tried separately in Stanislaus County, with the first trial expected to begin in September.
Both trials are expected to take several weeks, the prosecutor and defense attorneys agreed Friday at a court hearing.
Brittany Navarra, who was 16 at the time of the murder, is accused of ordering her boyfriend, Dustin Robert Gran III, then 19, to kill Pike. Pike’s body was found in the home of her fiancé, who was also Navarra’s ex-boyfriend.
Gran, now 23, and Navarra, 20, are charged with first-degree murder...