The next pretrial hearing for Juan Manuel Tello, 26, of Modesto, and Alexander Hernandez Lopez, 25, of Salida, is set for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 10, a Monday.
Tello’s lawyer, Frank Carson, asked Judge Ricardo Cordova for more time as the defense lawyers continue their investigation into the circumstances of Ruvalcaba’s death on Dec. 16.
In September, Hernandez’s lawyer, Robert Forkner, asked Cordova for an extra month before beginning a pretrial hearing, explaining that the defense team was sorting through tips received on Crime Stoppers tip lines.
Police found Ruvalcaba’s body in an alley between Martin Luther King Boulevard and North Madison Avenue in Modesto shortly after receiving a 7:24 p.m. report about a man down. Several people who knew Ruvalcaba have said he was lured to the alley after stopping at a nearby home and was shot several times in the face, but police have given no specific details about the shooting.
Tello and Lopez have been charged with murder and with cultivating hashish or marijuana for sale. Both defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges in February.
Bail for each man is set at $2 million and both men are being held at the Stanislaus County Jail where they have been since their arrests in January.
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