Judge: Teen's confession can be used in deadly hit-run trial
HILLSBORO, Ore. - The teenager accused of hitting and killing two young sisters, who were playing in a pile of leaves last fall, was in court Tuesday for the first day of her trial.
The big issue in pretrial motions for Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros was whether her confession to running down those two little girls in Forest Grove can be used against her in court.
The judge ruled the confession can be used in the trial and was not coerced out of her by police.
Garcia-Cisneros is charged in the October hit-and-run deaths of 6-year-old Anna Deiter-Eckerdt and her 11-year-old stepsister Abigail Robinson. The two girls were playing in a pile of leaves along a Forest Grove street when police say Garcia-Cisneros drove an SUV through the leaf pile.
Garcia-Cisneros cried a number of times in court as attorneys argued over pretrial motions.
Prosecutors revealed they believe the suspect did more than just run over and kill the girls. They also say Garcia-Cisneros even drove the SUV back past the crime scene that night after the crash.
Garcia-Cisneros' boyfriend, Mario Echeverria, who was a passenger in the SUV, pleaded guilty in December to hindering prosecution in the case. He admitted to trying to wash away evidence after the crash.
Once pretrial motions are finished, jury selection will start before any testimony begins.