Trial begins for suspect accused of stabbing a woman and leaving her for dead

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Published: Feb. 3, 2017 at 6:18 PM MST
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One of two suspects accused of brutally attacking a 27-year-old woman and leaving her for dead, faced a jury Friday.

Jonathon Nelson is charged with first degree murder in the June 2015 killing of Ashley Melnyczok.

The jury heard from several witnesses -- some who were friends with the suspects, detectives and the El Paso County’s Assistant Coroner.

In 2015, Melnyczok’s body was found days after she was stabbed to death with a bag over her head in her home at the Grand River Canyon Apartments. That's on the north side of Colorado Springs.

According to our partners at the Gazette, prosecutors say Nelson and the second suspect, Joseph Kimsey, became friends in jail shortly before the incident and plotted to burglarize the victim's home.

Kimsey reportedly had an on-again, off-again relationship with the victim.

Friday, a police detective testified that investigators didn't know the victim kept a large amount of cash in a safe in her apartment until almost a month after her death.

Nelson was arrested after a police chase, which investigators say started after he returned to the Melnyczok’s apartment to get rid of her body.

Officer's say they searched Nelson's crashed car and found a large bag with a machete, zip ties, tarps, along with a few other items.

Kimsey will also be tried for first degree murder in a separate jury trial that's expected to begin in March.