Juveniles figure in murders with cases reaching courts

A 17 year old and a 13 year old are scheduled to be in court today to face separate murder charges.

Another 17 year old received five years last week after admitting he murdered a man.

The 17 year old who is in court today in San José is accused of killing Rigoberto Montero Umaña, 19, Jan. 18, 2009.
The victim died from a bullet to the neck after he was approached by robbers near the Instituto Nacional de Acueductos y Alcantarillados water company offices in Escazú. It was 6:30 p.m. The robbers wanted the man’s cell telephone but he put up resistance. Prosecutors say that the juvenile was the principal suspect in the murder. The trial started before Christmas but has been delayed by the three-week holiday break in the courts.

The 13 year old is accused of killing a homeowner in Silitral de Santa Ana. The dead man is Efraín López López. He died Sept. 23.

According to the Poder Judicial the 13 year old arrived at the house of López and sought food and housing. The homeowner refused, and an argument ensued. The youth is charged with taking a blunt object and beating López around the head and back, causing his death.

The Poder Judicial said that the youth then dug a makeshift grave in the victim’s backyard and buried the body. The trial began last week.

The 17 year old who got five years in what the Poder Judicial calls a specialized center agreed to an abbreviated hearing in the Juzgado Penal Juvenil de San José. The victim was identified as Samuel Barquero Arguedas, 22. The killing happened two years ago near the sports field in Ciudadela 15 de Setiembre in Hatillo.

Barquero was shot three times at close range and died at Hospital San Juan de Dios.

Meanwhile, the Poder Judicial reports that a 16 year old has been ordered detained in the death of Steven Alberto Calderón Zúñiga, 17. The fatal injury took place about 2 p.m. Jun. 9 when an argument turned to blows in Veinticinco de Julio in Hatillo. Calderón died a short time later at Hospital San Juan de Dios.

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