The Phoenix man accused of murdering a Maricopa woman two years ago is set to go to trial.
Angela Russo, 24, went missing April 19, 2016, after going on a date. More than a month later, her remains were found buried in Tonopah.
LaShawn Johnson, now 28, is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, sexual assault, robbery, auto theft, arson and concealing a body. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison. Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty.
The two apparently met on a dating website. The case received worldwide attention two years ago during the five-week search for Russo.
Johnson’s roommate allegedly provided investigators information that led them to Russo’s remains. Also found was her burned car.
Jury selection is scheduled to being Wednesday in Judge David O. Cunanan courtroom. The trial itself is set to last through Aug. 14.
Russo’s mother Diana Schalow and family continue to operate an Angela Alert on Facebook to help find missing people.