Daniel U. Perez, 52, talks with his attorney Alice  Osburn during his preliminary hearing Tuesday, May 29, 2012. Perez has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder in the death of Patricia Hughes, 26. Prosecutors are giving evidence during Perez's hearing  to justify a murder trial for the commune leader accused of killing Hughes, whose 2003 death was initially believed to be an accidental drowning.
Daniel U. Perez, 52, talks with his attorney Alice Osburn during his preliminary hearing Tuesday, May 29, 2012. Perez has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder in the death of Patricia Hughes, 26. Prosecutors are giving evidence during Perez's hearing to justify a murder trial for the commune leader accused of killing Hughes, whose 2003 death was initially believed to be an accidental drowning. The Wichita Eagle
Daniel U. Perez, 52, talks with his attorney Alice Osburn during his preliminary hearing Tuesday, May 29, 2012. Perez has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder in the death of Patricia Hughes, 26. Prosecutors are giving evidence during Perez's hearing to justify a murder trial for the commune leader accused of killing Hughes, whose 2003 death was initially believed to be an accidental drowning. The Wichita Eagle

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May 29, 2012 5:00 AM

Witnesses: Perez controlled life at Valley Center compound, sometimes violently

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