Relatives testify about statements by murder defendant Lucio Munoz

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GERING, Neb. UPDATE:
Tuesday morning testimony in the homicide trial for Lucio Munoz centered on statements to family members around the time of Melissa May's death.

Martin Brady, Munoz' son, confirmed for the court that his father had suffered from suicidal thoughts in the past. Munoz' brother, Mike Munoz, also testified as to his brother's history regarding statements about suicide, and both indicated that Munoz asked for their forgiveness, but did not say exactly why.

Following a mid-day break, testimony was slated to resume with a forensic pathologist taking the stand.

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ORIGINAL STORY:
The murder trial for the man accused of stabbing a Scottsbluff woman to death at the end of 2016 is underway in Gering.

Jury selection started this morning for 65 year old, Lucio Munoz, of Scottsbluff.

Munoz is facing charges of first degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony for the death of 48 year old Melissa May.

Following opening statements, four officer witnesses were called to the stand to explain the interaction between themselves with Munoz and May.

Jurors witnessed body cam video of what occurred December 30rd with a sexual assault report and 31st on a report Munoz expressed suicidal thoughts.

Officers then explained they were later called to check on the welfare of May and found her body on January 3rd.

More witnesses will be called to the stand tomorrow morning starting at 8:30am.

The jurors are expected to get the case by Friday.