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Convicted murderer Leopoldo 'Alex' Cortes at his March 2008 sentencing for the 2006 murder of Chris Carr.

SANTA CRUZ - A 23-year-old man is headed to trial on a first-degree murder charge for a second time in March.

Leopoldo Alejandro Cortes was convicted of the charge in 2008 for the stabbing death of Chris Carr. Carr, a 23-year-old former Aptos High wrestler, was stabbed to death at a La Selva Beach party in 2006.

An appeals court overturned the conviction in 2011, ruling that more testimony from a defense-hired psychiatrist should have been allowed into trial.

A Santa Cruz County judge ordered a new trial for Cortes last year.

Cortes is in custody at County Jail. He's being represented by attorney Charlie Stevens.


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