A California man accused of killing a federal investigator will stand trial before a jury.

After a hearing that lasted more than a week, An Alameda County Judge ruled that prosecutors had presented enough evidence that 56-year-old Randy Alana strangled his girlfriend, 50-year-old Sandra Coke, and dumped her body in a dry creek bed in Vacaville.

According to testimony revealed earlier, Coke and Alana dated 20 years ago and Alana was the father of Coke's teenage daughter. The relationship was rekindled when Alana was released from prison last year. Coke was an investigator with the Federal Public Defender's Office in Sacramento.