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Accused Killer Appears in Franklin County Court

RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Six weeks after being charged with his estranged wife’s murder, 37-year old Angel Campos Nava made his way into court for a preliminary hearing Monday afternoon.

Escorted by deputies, Nava remained silent on his trip into the Franklin County Courthouse to stand before District Judge Paula McDowell.

Nava is accused of attacking Lesley Hope Plott while she drove him to his Russellville home in the early morning hours of February 22nd.

During the preliminary hearing, prosecutors laid out their case against Nava, who was found at the scene of the attack along North Jackson Avenue.

Police found Plott lying in a nearby ditch, lifeless.

Investigators say once Nava killed his estranged wife, he then stabbed himself numerous times.

Nava spent almost a week recovering from his wounds at Huntsville Hospital before returning to Franklin County to face the capital murder charge.

According to prosecutors, with surveillance video from a church near the attack, they were able to upgrade Nava’s charge from murder to capital murder.

The case now goes to a Franklin County grand jury, who will review the evidence for a possible indictment.

Angel Campos Nava remains in the Franklin County Jail without bond.

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