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Murder Suspects' Cases to be Consolidated

Michael John Almeda, 19, and Rodolfo Simon Villa, 22, were both charged with murder in the shooting death of 21-year-old Alexander Brian Chavez in Rosemont Jan. 17.

The cases of two men charged in the shooting death of a man in Rosemont may be consolidated, court records indicate.

Michael John Almeda, 19, and Rodolfo Simon Villa, 22, were both charged with murder in the shooting death of 21-year-old Alexander Brian Chavez Jan. 17.

They were arrested at separate times and their cases were generated separately.

The men have been ordered to appear next in court March 8 for a felony settlement conference; there will also be a hearing on a motion to consolidate their cases.

Such motions are usually granted and in some cases, one jury will hear evidence against both defendants; in other cases, separate juries are selected, though the trial is held at the same time and one deputy district attorney prosecutes.

Almeda also faces a sentence-enhancing allegation of gun possession, as court records indicated he had a .40-caliber pistol on him when the victim was slain.

Court officers could not say whether Villa faces a gun allegation.

Almeda faces 25 years to life on the first-degree murder charge, according to state mandatory sentencing statutes.

Almeda and Villa allegedly took part in the shooting death of Chavez as the victim drove north on Westporter Drive about 6:15 p.m., according to police.

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You should have taken care of your kids!!! February 15, 2013 at 08:14 PM
They both should receive life no matter who shot the victim. Too bad they cannot be tried and convited in Texas as that State follows through with the death penalty convictions. I hate to think my tax money will pay for these two to live in prison - with health care and all....
angie February 18, 2013 at 04:09 AM
My heart goes out to all families invovled its very sad for so many young lives to be taken away wether in death or in confinement . My heart felt tears go out to the mothers

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