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Second Illegal Sought In Newark Slayings

From Fox News:

Arrest Warrant Issued for Fourth Suspect in Newark Killings

08/11/2007 — Authorities have identified a fourth suspect in the execution-style killings of three college students in Newark last weekend, issuing an arrest warrant Saturday for 24-year-old Rodolfo Godinez.

Godinez, a Nicaraguan national who also uses the name Gomez, is considered “a principal player” in the case, Newark Police Director Garry McCarthy told The Star-Ledger of Newark.

Saturday’s developments follow a shocking turn in the investigation Friday. On Friday, FOX 5 New York reported that two of the victims may have been sexually assaulted before they were killed by an illegal immigrant with a violent criminal history.

According to FOX 5 New York, a sexual attack may have occurred before Terrance Aeriel, Iofemi Hightower and Dashon Harvey were shot to death, and a fourth victim, 19-year old Natasha Aerial, was critically wounded.

The suspect in the sexual assault, Peruvian national Jose Carranza, is an illegal immigrant previously charged with raping a 5-year-old. Carranza surrendered to Newark Mayor Cory Booker on Thursday and plead not guilty to to three counts of murder and one charge each of attempted murder and robbery in Essex County Superior Court on Friday.

Carrenza, 28, said through a Spanish interpreter that he understood the charges against him.

Authorities charged a third suspect with three counts of felony murder in the killings Friday evening. The suspect was described as a 15-year-old boy by Essex County prosecutors during a late press conference. He pleaded not guilty Thursday and remains in custody, Assistant Essex County Prosecutor Thomas McTigue said Friday. Authorities are seeking to have the boy tried as an adult…

One wonders about the rap sheet on Mr. Godinez.

Obviously he has a record, or the Newark police department wouldn’t have his mug shot on file.

Was he also out on bail?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Saturday, August 11th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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