Charges dropped for man ac­cused in dou­ble homi­cide

Judge al­lows DA to seek new in­dict­ment against al­leged ring­leader

The Record (Troy, NY) - - FRONT PAGE -

TROY, N. Y. » A judge has thrown out all charges against the man who po­lice say or­ches­trated the mur­der of two men nearly a year ago.

State Supreme Court Judge An­drew Cere­sia on Wed­nes­day also dis­missed sev­eral charges against two of the three other men ac­cused in the grisly crimes.

Cere­sia de­cided the Rens­se­laer County District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice had in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to charge Cres­en­cio Salazar in the deaths of cousins Cris­tian Her­nan­dez and Javier Gomez of Troy. In his rul­ing, Cere­sia said the case against Salazar was based largely on the state­ments of the other three sus­pects after they were ar­rested, but that prose­cu­tors did not suf­fi­ciently cor­rob­o­rate the state­ments of al­leged co- con­spir­a­tors.

Cere­sia did, how­ever, give per­mis­sion to DA Joel Abelove to present the case to a grand jury for con­sid­er­a­tion of new charges. Abelove de­clined com­ment on the case Thurs­day through his spokesman, Jonathan Desso.

Cere­sia also dis­missed a first­de­gree mur­der charge against Luis A. Monge- Gue­vara and first- and sec­ond- de­gree mur­der counts against Mag­daleno Perez- Cal­ixto. They, as well as Salazar and Salomon Na­jera-Her­nan­dez, were each ini­tially charged with first- de­gree mur­der, four counts of sec­ond- de­gree mur­der, sec­ond- de­gree kid­nap­ping, two counts of fourth- de­gree con­spir­acy, and first- and sec­ond- de­gree bur­glary. Salazar, Monge- Guev­era and Perez- Cal­ixto were also in­dicted on charges of con­ceal­ing a corpse.

Gomez, 23, was found beaten and stabbed to death Oct. 17, 2016, in­side the East Glen Av­enue apart­ment he shared with his cousin and an­other per­son. The body of Her­nan­dez, 24, was dis­cov­ered a day later by a per­son walk­ing their dog along a tribu­tary of the Quacken Kill near the in­ter­sec­tion of Blue Fac­tory Hill and South roads in Cropseyville.

The three re­port­edly claimed Salazar killed both men in at­tempts to steal money and drugs and that they had driven Salazar to New York City, where he planned to catch a f light to Mex­ico while the other three con­tin­ued by car to Texas. Monge- Gue­vara, 20, of Clifton Park, Perez- Cal­ixto, 28, of Latham, and Na­jera- Her­nan­dez, 21, of Mex­ico, were ar­rested Oct. 20 in Vir­ginia, while Salazar, 26, was nabbed in New York City a few days later.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have said all four sus­pects, as well as the two vic­tims, are be­lieved to be il­le­gal im­mi­grants from Mex­ico.


Ac­cused in the Oc­to­ber 2016deaths of Javier Gomez and Cris­tian Her­nan­dez are, clock­wise from top left, Cres­en­cio Salazar, Luis A. Monge- Gue­vara, Salomon Na­jer­aHer­nan­dez and Mag­dalono PerezCal­ixto.

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