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Trial date moved for shooting case
SEATTLE - The trial date has been moved for the two alleged gang members suspected in last September's shooting death of North Bend resident Jorge Temblador-Topete.
The proceedings against Emmanuel Grande-Martinez, 22, and Elmer Cisneros-Alvarado, 20, were moved from June 11 to Aug. 6 because of pending investigations and because it has not yet been determined if Grande-Martinez is competent to stand trial.
The men were each charged late last fall with two counts of first-degree murder and four counts of first-degree assault. The pair, believed to belong to a violent El Salvadorian gang called "Mara Salvatrucha," declared their innocence during an arraignment hearing in King County Superior Court in November.
One murder charge is from the Sept. 24 shooting near Safeco Field in Seattle that killed Temblador-Torpete and wounded three people in the car with him, including two Mount Si High School sisters, ages 14 and 15, and their 21-year-old friend, Julio Castaneda-Ramos.
The incident occurred when Temblador-Topete was stopped at a red light and another car, said to have been driven by Cisneros-Alvarado, pulled up behind Temblador-Torpete's car. Prosecutors allege that Grande-Martinez jumped out and fired shots at the four victims. The girls' mother was also riding in the car, but was not hit.
Temblador-Torpete died the next day. The 14-year-old girl was shot in the head, and her sister was shot in the hand. The two were eventually released from the hospital. Castaneda-Ramos was shot in the chest, arm and leg, and was also later released from the hospital.
The second murder charge was filed for the Sept. 23 slaying of John Diklich, who was found dead in the White Center area of Seattle. The four assault charges are a result of the gunshot wounds inflicted upon the two girls, Castaneda-Ramos and another man who was shot Sept. 18.
Police said the shootings could be gang- or drug-related, but they have not released details.
A native of Mexico, Temblador-Topete worked at Arby's in North Bend. A fund was set up to fly his body back home for burial.