Briana Calderas, of Cabool, is charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and abandonment of a corpse. 

A Cabool woman accused of participating in the 2017 murder of a Houston teenager at her residence will stand trial beginning next week in Waynesville.

Jury selection for Briana Calderas will start Monday in Pulaski County Circuit Court. She faces life in prison.

Calderas is charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and abandonment of a corpse. She is held without bond.

Prosecution of the case will be handled by Phelps County Prosecutor Brendon Fox, in the absence of Texas County Prosecutor Parke Stevens Jr., who is serving as part of a military deployment.

Circuit Judge John Beger is slated to hear motions in the case on Tuesday.

Calderas was among four charged in the September 2017 death of Joseph Steinfeld, 17, who went by Ally and was transitioning to female, according to relatives. A co-defendant, Andrew Vrba, is awaiting trial next year and is held in Greene County. He faces the death penalty, if convicted.

Two other persons were earlier sent to prison for their participation in the murder.

 

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