Can murder, attempted murder cases be untangled? – By Cara McCoy

The state’s prosecution of a British man described as being a motivational speaker and new-age healer who is accused in the murder of a Las Vegas woman is moving forward. But an important question remains: Should jurors be told about his alleged involvement in another crime?

Prosecutors on Thursday asked a judge to combine the two pending cases against Michael Lane, 37.

He is accused in two crimes that prosecutors argue are inexorably linked: The murder of Ginger Candela, 44, whose body was found severed and stuffed in a trash can in her garage on Nov. 30, 2009, and the attempted murder of a transsexual authorities allege he solicited on Craigslist after Candela was killed but before her body was found.