Jan. 14 [8:00 EST] -- Citing missing court records, lawyers for Yolanda Saldivar, the woman convicted of killing Tejano singing sensation Selena, are arguing that their client is entitled to a new trial.
The attorneys presented their case in a Houston courtroom on Monday, and State District Judge Mike Westergreen is expected to rule on the request by the end of January.
Saldivar's lawyers claim that the missing financial records would prove that their client had not embezzled money from Selena (as was claimed during Saldivar's initial trial) before killing the singer in March of 1995.
The lawyers argue that the missing records impede their ability to file an effective appeal, which under Texas law entitles their client to a new trial. The founder of the Selena fan club, Saldivar was convicted on October 23, 1995 of murdering the singer.