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UPDATE: Second Rosemont Murder Suspect Enters Plea

Rodolfo Simon Villa, 22, is charged with murder in the death of 21-year-old Alexander Brian Chavez in Rosemont Jan. 17.

This article was updated at 4:03 p.m. Jan. 25, 2013 to include details of second suspect's court appearance.

Two men this week pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of a Rosemont man, court records show.

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.

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.

The criminal complaint filed against Almeda is attached to this story as a PDF.

Almeda was ordered next to appear in court for a felony settlement conference Feb. 14; he was being held on no bail.

Villa was also being held on no bail, pending a Feb. 1 felony settlement conference, District Attorney officials said.

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.

Villa was set for arraignment Friday afternoon.

Check with Patch for updates.

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Evelynne Stevens January 26, 2013 at 02:23 AM
Absolute human trash. Too bad this liberal state got rid of the electric chair years ago. Sure would be fun to watch them get zapped to death. A slow, painful death.
sesily January 26, 2013 at 09:14 AM
Zap u... My cousin Mike isn't a monster.... He's a good guy who loves his family....
dacha January 26, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Wow the electic chair thats a bit much and thats why they got rid of it because they would end up killing someone that really didnt do it cause they didnt have their facts all straight. plus i dont know michael all like that but i knew him and i just dont see him doing anything like that. plus they made anything possible by passing a gun law and everything. just cause he was caring a gun dont really mean he did it. i hope who ever did goes to prison and i mean the right person not just who they think it is but the right person.
Evelyne Stevens January 26, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Well sweetie, forensics will tell if the bullet in Alex's head came from the gun Michael had in his possession.
Stickyfingers January 26, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Michael, If you are convicted, whatever you do, if it isnt too late already, Do Not Join any Gangs especially in prison. If you do, you are probably NEVER getting out or your term will be alot LONGER. While waiting sentencing whether you're innocent or not, side with the Pisas or Native Americans. Those races usually stay out of trouble and aren't locked down all the time like the others. You'll have a chance if you seek out one of those races. Hopefully you are found innocent. God Bless You and the person who was killed.
He knows he is guilty January 26, 2013 at 10:57 PM
To all that believe Michael is a good kid....HA! He is nothing but a coward. He hides behind guns and his mother. His mother, yes you Monica, knew the path he was heading - and you only encouraged him. Shame on you! Your other kids should be removed from your care before it is too late for them. Michael ruined his life....and for what? Dumb Ass.
J.A. January 27, 2013 at 02:46 AM
To "He knows he is guilty" I am a concerned family member and if you truly have supporting facts and are concerned for the well being of the other kids please send me an email. Thank you. j.abalos76@gmail.com
He knows he is guilty2 January 27, 2013 at 05:19 AM
Barbie girl - Why are you not using your real name before you state your opinion? Wow, seems like most criminals are at the wrong place at the wrong time - or at least that's what the guilty ones think. Stop making excuses for his bad decisions. Obviously, Michael has ruined his life, he is the one who is sitting in jail about to pay for what he has done. When he does come home (ohh, after 25 years to life) then I would be happy to say more then. To J.A., I will be happy to contact CPS for you. If you really are a "concerned family member" hopefully, you will take them in. Especially the youngest, it may not be to late for him.
angie January 28, 2013 at 07:55 AM
Only the lord knows the truth , of what happened to the young man Alex. And whom did it. The lord will not let the persons responsible get away with doing the devils work. They had a choice to not be in this situation. They made thier beds now they have to lay in it for thier own stupidity. May God give Alex justice for his life was taken tooo soon. They have completely ruind thier lives over thier own stupidity. And destroyed many lives not caring about Alex loved ones or how it hurt thier own families. Thier stupidity changed many lives FOREVER.
R.I.P Alexander January 28, 2013 at 08:23 AM
Innocent? Wow.. if you are related to these cowards you are going to always think they're innocent.. they didn't get picked up for no reason you obviously didn't know them well enough.. I never wish bad upon anyone but if they were in that car where the shots were fired I hope they ROT in prison.. you are all acting as is they're saints.. Rest in paradise Alex "Peewee" one way or another these cowards involved are going to pay..
angie January 28, 2013 at 08:25 AM
Alex now walks with the lord and the ones responsible will live in hell called prison "WHAT A LIFE" THEY HAVE CHOSE AND FOR WHAT! Now they have to live with what they done in a place thats hell called prison
angie January 28, 2013 at 08:42 AM
Prison has no Mercy.hope they can fight to protect themself because thiers no guns in prison.they better start working out in the County Jail to prepare to go where the big dogs prey on the weak thats why its called the Devil's playgroung.The LORD gives justice in the most mysterous ways.And the Devil waits for stupidity to do his work.
Meli January 28, 2013 at 05:16 PM
A large percentage of convicted criminals in prison "loves" their family. Sounds more like your cousin made a very bad life decision. Why drive around with a gun, which is ILLEGAL unless one possess a CCW I might add. I'm sure it will all come out when the case goes to trial. Unless of course they decide to plead out before then. I do have sympathy for the friends and family of the accused.
Loandude January 28, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Michael, i have coached you in soccer for a few years, and youre an amazingly, talented athlete. You and your family are very much in prayers. Be smart & stay strong Michael , "when life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, YOU can GET up." - ap
Meli January 28, 2013 at 05:51 PM
BTW, It's ILLEGAL to carry a weapon unless one possesses a CCW. Please get the FACTS straight, starting with the fact that this is COUNT not CIty. It's really hard to give your posts any credibility when you use profanity and post the way you accuse everyone else of doing. More evidence will be known after the FSC's and at trial, if it goes to that. Time will tell.
Meli January 28, 2013 at 06:02 PM
This isn't the first time for Mr. Villa, his rap sheet is interesting reading. I do have sympathy for what this ordeal causes you and your family, but posting the way you do really doesn't give you much credibility. (I would guess though that you couldn't care less.) Assuming that some of us "have no clue" is really not wise. You don't have any clue as to what some have seen and know. When the case goes to trial you will.
Meli January 28, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Time will tell.
Meli January 28, 2013 at 06:07 PM
To step in here, please keep in mind that there is a time and place for evidence. Not all witnesses can be disclosed yet, and are being intimidated. This part I know for FACT. Stalking the scene hasn't gone unnoticed either as it is under survellience. Photographs are great evidence.
Meli January 28, 2013 at 06:14 PM
And what is your post proving? That you can talk trash? That you can threaten people? Posting like you do makes it difficult to have any sympathy for family/friends of the accused. And you have the nerve to request "time out"? Please get rid of the profanity Sesily if you would like to be taken seriously. See you at trial.
Meli January 28, 2013 at 06:15 PM
And I guess YOU were actually there and present when it happened.
Cody Kitaura (Editor) January 28, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Hi everyone, several comments from this story had to be deleted for violating our site's rules on profanity and personal attacks. Please keep your posts civil and respectful. Thanks.
Meli January 28, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Thank you. How may I get a copy of the post by "Sesily" where they threatened to break a poster's jaws and fingers? Other than the copy sent to my email account.
kevin morrison February 13, 2013 at 11:56 PM
does anyone have new information of this case?
kevin morrison February 14, 2013 at 09:22 PM
hope those assasins spends all their lives in prision!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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