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Man to stand trial on murder charge in beating of Lodi man

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Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 10:00 pm

When he was arrested a couple blocks from a homicide scene, Juan Velazquez had no weapon on him. The eye witnesses had some differing opinions on the what they had seen.

But the blood found on his jeans, sweatshirt and shoes most definitely matched the DNA of a man who had been beaten to death in Downtown Lodi, a criminalist testified Tuesday.

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8 comments:

  • posted at 12:29 pm on Fri, Aug 1, 2008.

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    Layla Bohm reporter wrote on Jul 30, 2008 6:34 PM:" T & C: The follow-up process falls to immigration agents, since they enforce federal laws.Yes, it is likely that this man would have been deported or been going through federal legal proceedings at the time of the homicide. (Since he has not been convicted and has pleaded not guilty, it will be up to a jury to decide if he committed the crime.) "The real problem, we have in Lodi, is that we only have them checking at the jail. Although, the 287(g) program allows for Task Force Officers in the field, Lodi ignores getting those. Until people demand it from the CC, they will ignore it. Meanwhile,other CC's across the nation are getting their TFO's and drastically lowering crime in their cities. With a TFO, we get the illegal alien off the street before the crime.

     
  • posted at 5:20 pm on Wed, Jul 30, 2008.

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    I realize that they speak English. I work with them on a daily basis and the minute they talk to you it's English. When a "Latino" walks in--- it's immediately Spanish. My original message was evidently erased due to how I referred to the "DEFENDANT". Boy that was the best I could clean it up!Sorry to whoever thought of it as not appropriate.. well, not really sorry, the man is a sad excuse for a living being....how's that?

     
  • posted at 1:34 pm on Wed, Jul 30, 2008.

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    T & C: The follow-up process falls to immigration agents, since they enforce federal laws.Yes, it is likely that this man would have been deported or been going through federal legal proceedings at the time of the homicide. (Since he has not been convicted and has pleaded not guilty, it will be up to a jury to decide if he committed the crime.)

     
  • posted at 11:10 am on Wed, Jul 30, 2008.

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    Adios Senore Velasquez! No mas cerveza para tu!

     
  • posted at 10:45 am on Wed, Jul 30, 2008.

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    T&C wrote: Someone has to die before things change, I wish you were right T&C, Terri Winchell died in the worst manner any human being could. Morales still sits in his 6' X 8' box waiting for a needle in the arm that most likely will never happen. I wonder if anything will change to make what you said a reality. Thanks Rose Bird and Jerry Brown, and I`ll add the DA of SF. Maybe that father and his two sons that were murdered in SF will make her have a change of heart, she better if she wants to keep her job come election time, even in very liberal SF, I hope the citizens put on the pressure to push for the death sentence to that cold blooded killer.

     
  • posted at 8:13 am on Wed, Jul 30, 2008.

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    Thank you layla, but checking on legal status and following thru is a separate matter. Before this murder, LPD knew he was illegal and did nothing. This murder COULD and Should have been prevented! Someone always has to die before things change!

     
  • posted at 4:06 am on Wed, Jul 30, 2008.

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    aspchick: The witnesses said they heard the suspect yelling in English. Sometimes suspects do speak English, but they use interpreters because their English knowledge doesn't include legal jargon used in court. T & C: After this case, Lodi Police changed the way they check immigration status. They do check and hold those suspected of entering the country illegally.

     
  • posted at 2:17 am on Wed, Jul 30, 2008.

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    I fthis "ILLEGAL" who was NOT her to immigrate lawfully, had been DEPORTED previously for the times he had run-ins with Lodi Police, the victim would still be alive today! http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2008/07/new-va-law-requ.html http://immigrationcounters.com/ http://www.americanpatrol.com/ADMINISTRATION/NAVIGATION/Report-Illegals.html How many more of us have to die before Lodi Police take a "Pro-Active" role in turning over illegals to ICE Agents? Police know where many illegals are, churches know, welfare and social security office knows, schools know, but because there are millions of illegals, the system "Condones all of them!" So innocent people must pay the ultimate price with their lives!

     
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