The trial of Sabrina Limon, the woman accused of plotting with her lover in the killing of her husband three years ago, will begin Aug. 21, attorneys confirmed during a court hearing Friday.
Limon's attorney, Richard Terry, said afterward among the first motions he will argue is for a change of venue due to the immense amount of publicity the case has received in Kern County.
Deputy District Attorney Eric Smith has said Limon's lover, former Redlands firefighter Jonathan Hearn, will testify against her as part of a plea agreement in which he pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in exchange for the dismissal of murder and other charges.
As part of the agreement, Hearn agreed to take the stand against Limon for a stipulated sentence of 25 years and four months in prison.
Hearn said he gunned down Robert Limon, 38, at a railway building in Tehachapi on Aug. 17, 2014. He testified at a preliminary hearing earlier this year that he and Sabrina Limon had carried on a lengthy affair and had long plotted to kill her husband.
He testified he called Sabrina Limon after the shooting and told her he'd followed through on their plan. As previously arranged, the two then tried to avoid contacting each other in the following weeks so as to avoid suspicion.
But Kern County sheriff's detectives soon learned about the years-long affair, and placed wiretaps on the phones of Hearn and Sabrina Limon.
Detectives at the hearing testified they provided Sabrina Limon false information regarding evidence in the investigation in an effort to prompt Limon to contact Hearn.
In some instances, Sabrina Limon called Hearn within minutes of getting off the phone with a detective, and investigators listened in and recorded the conversations the two had regarding how much authorities knew and wondered if an arrest was imminent.
Hearn and Sabrina Limon were taken into custody in November 2014. Hearn was charged with crimes including murder, but Limon was soon released.
It wasn't until Hearn accepted a plea agreement in January that Limon was rearrested and charged with six felonies including murder.