The jury trial for the woman accused of killing one of two men shot in Naples in 2016 began Thursday morning at the Collier County Courthouse.
The trial began with jury selection and is expected to continue through next Friday.
Connie Serbu, 43, faces one count of second-degree murder in the death of Xavier Sierra — which court records state she plotted as was a way to avenge her daughter’s death.
On July 7, 2016, Naples Police Officers responded to an undeveloped area around 700 block of Goodlette Road North in reference to gunshots, according to a Naples Police news release.
More than a year later, on Aug. 25, 2017, Naples Police announced that Serbu faces a charge of second-degree murder in connection to Sierra’s death, court records show.
Serbu was already at the Naples Jail Center on suspicion of custodial interference when she was served with the arrest warrant Aug. 25.
On May 30, 2016, Serbu’s daughter told her that five years prior she had been molested by Sierra — a family friend, a complaint states.
The complaint states that after learning about the allegations, she became angry and expressed her desire to kill Sierra.
Sometime before Serbu allegedly committed the murder, she told her husband to prepare to take care of their two children alone because, ‘she was going to do something.’
They picked Sierra up around 3pm and during the car ride Serbu confronted him about the molestation claims.
The siblings drove Sierra to a remote, undeveloped area at 700 block of Goodlette Road North.
Sierra was able to exit the van and began sprinting away into the nearby woods with Serbu and Vargas chasing him.
At one point during the altercation, Sierra began to struggle with Vargas and began to wrestle him for one of the handguns.
Sierra suffered bullet wounds from both handguns and Vargas was fatally shot in his abdomen.