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Suspects plead not guilty
SEATTLE Two alleged gang members suspected in the
shooting death of North Bend resident Jorge Temblador-Topete pleaded not
guilty last week.
Emmanuel Grande-Martinez, 22, and Elmer Cisneros-Alvarado,
20, were each charged with two counts of first-degree murder and three
counts of first-degree assault, but declared their innocence in an
arraignment hearing in King County Superior Court Nov. 1 and 2, respectively.
One murder charge stems from a Sept. 24 shooting near Safeco Field
in Seattle that killed Temblador-Topete and left two Mount Si High School
sisters and their 21-year-old friend, Julio Castaneda-Ramos, wounded.
The first-degree assault charges were filed by the King
County Prosecutor's Office because the girls and Castaneda-Ramos were in the
car with Temblador-Topete while stopped at a red light. A second car then
pulled up from behind. Prosecutors allege Grande-Martinez jumped out from
the car that Cisneros-Alvarado was driving and fired shots at the four
victims. The girls' mother was also riding in the car but was not struck.
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.
Seattle police have said both shootings could be gang-related,
but have not released details on the exact motive or the connection with the
Grande-Martinez and Cisneros-Alvarado are alleged members
of Mara Salvatrucha, an El Salvadorian gang, and were reportedly involved
in other shootings this summer.
Both men are each being held on $1 million bail.