ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It will come nearly three years after the crime. But come September, a jury will get to decide the fate of Synthia Varela-Casaus, the mother accused of kicking her son Omaree to death.
The judge set a trial date Wednesday after her attorney tried to get another delay in the case. However, the judge not only wanted to set a closer trial date, he also asked the defense and the prosecution if setting aside three weeks for this trial is too much.
Just recently, the judge declared Varela-Casaus competent to stand trial. This comes more than two years after the murder of young Omaree. She’s accused of beating the nine-year-old boy to death and even admitted to KRQE News 13 cameras that she kicked her son the night he died.
Wednesday, the prosecution and the defense decided that a two-week trial would allow enough time to get through all the evidence and witnesses. But while the state was fine with a September trial date, the defense wanted to push it even further.
Omaree’s stepfather, Stephen Casaus, has already been found guilty of reckless child abuse for letting the abuse happen. But in letters to her family, Varela-Casaus recanted her confession and blamed her husband, saying she took responsibility for the beating because she was scared of him.
The trial has been set for September 12 and will last two weeks.
Varela-Casaus faces life in prison if she’s convicted of killing her son.
Her husband was sentenced to 30 years for his part in the death.