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Trial date for Marq Perez set for July 9th, more

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A final trial date is now set for Marq Perez, the man accused of burning down the Victoria Islamic Center. During Thursday's pre-trial hearing, Federal Judge John Rainey set the trial date for July 9th.  The judge also scheduled a status hearing for May 2nd, giving the court a chance to clear up any remaining issues and address any remaining motions the defense and prosecution have filed.

After the status hearing, the court will begin selecting a jury panel, which is expected to be about sixty people . From the jury panel, the defense and prosecution will select 12 jurors and 2 alternate jurors during the jury selection on July 9th. Judge Rainey says he expects the trial to last two weeks, though plans can change.

Marq Perez was moved to Aransas county to allow his defense attorneys better access to their client as they prepare for the trial in July. 

We also have an update on the mosque rebuilding project. According to the Islamic Center of Victoria, the newly built mosque is expected to be completed by early July. However, the Islamic Center is hoping the construction crew in charge can have the building ready by mid-June. Next month, Ramadan takes place and ends on June 15th. The center is hoping to have the mosque available in time for their grand Ramadan celebration in June. 

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