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Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2002 10:00 pm

The third man suspected of brutally killing a Lodi teen last month was arraigned Tuesday in Lodi.

Javier Sanchez Juarez, 18, of Lodi, did not to enter a plea. Charges include first-degree murder and participating in a criminal street-gang.

Juarez, who is being held without bail, is scheduled to return to court Jan. 22 for further arraignment and to enter a plea.

He is being represented by a public defender, but said his mother is looking into hiring a private attorney.

He is the final suspect being held for the killing of Carlos Ramirez, 16, also of Lodi.

Damian Alcantara, 18, of Lodi, did not enter a plea at his arraignment Monday.

He and Sanchez were arrested by Lodi police late last week for their alleged role in last month’s slaying.

Ramirez died in a vacant lot at the corner of Cherokee Lane and Elm Street on Dec. 2 after his throat was slashed. At least three men were involved in the attack, witnesses said.

The killing has been described by police as gang-related.

Alcantara, who is being held without bail in San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp, is scheduled to return to court Jan. 22 when he is expected to enter a plea.

The third suspect, Peter Lyle Fisher, 18, of Thornton, turned himself in to police Dec. 4.

During his arraignment last month, he pleaded innocent on charges including murder with enhancements of possessing stolen property and street terrorism.

He is also being held without bail in French Camp and is scheduled to return to court Feb. 14.

Judge David P. Warner said in court Tuesday all three cases may be combined. A decision is expected Jan. 22.

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