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UPDATE: Two suspects appear in Santa Maria courtroom

By Andrew Gray, NewsChannel 3 Reporter, agray@keyt.com
Published On: Mar 20 2013 09:52:49 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 21 2013 01:31:31 AM CDT

Moving truck murder update

SANTA MARIA, Calif. -

Two men accused of killing a man and putting his body in a moving van appeared in a Santa Maria courtroom Wednesday.

Noozhawk is reporting Ramon Maldonado and Reyes Gonzales face charges that include torture.
Prosecutors may seek the death penalty against the two sureno gang members in this case.

Two other suspects in custody are charged with being accomplices.
They are Carmen Cardenas and Pedro Torres.

Sheriff's deputies discovered the victims body in a U-haul truck Tuesday on Los Padres street in Orcutt.


Police identified the victim as 28-year-old Anthony Ibarra.
They don't know if he has any gang affiliations.


Detectives will now focus on Ibarra's past to figure out the connection between Ibarra and the four people suspected of killing him.

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