Retrial for man convicted of murdering his pregnant girlfriend

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

NWCN.com

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 8:56 PM

SPOKANE, Wash-- A retrial for a man convicted of murdering his girlfriend and unborn child began Wednesday.

The defendant, John Lipinski, received a 31-year sentence in 2005 for tossing Melissa Saldivar from a moving vehicle. A judge granted him retrial because the original jury selection was not open to the public.

READ: Man convicted of killing his pregnant girlfriend speaks out about new trial.

Saldivar’s ex boyfriend took the stand Wednesday, saying he heard Lipinski threaten to kill Saldivar the night of the murder. He added that there was a lot of drinking that night.

 

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