Judge orders DNA sample from Rensselaer County murder suspects

January 26, 2018 01:06 PM

TROY - Two of the men accused in a pair of linked-murders from October 2016 will have to submit a DNA sample. However, the judge says we're still "many months away" from a trial.

The two men, Luis Guevara and Solomon Hernandez were led into Judge Andrew Ceresia's Rensselaer County courtroom shortly before 11 a.m. on Friday morning. They are being tried together as part of the two murders.

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Javier Gomez was found dead in an apartment in Troy and Christian Hernandez's body was recovered from a creek in Cropseyville the next night.

Three of four suspects were found in Virginia -- a fourth was arrested in New York City about a month after the crime.

Judge Ceresia ruled on Friday that the DNA question was permissible for three reasons: first, probable cause, second the method of obtaining the DNA with a swab is safe and reliable and third, there is indication of collecting real and material evidence.

The district attorney's office is looking to match DNA found on a gray sock, black sneakers and jeans all found during the investigation.

One defendant has already taken a plea deal in the case. Nine years in jail pleading guilty to kidnapping and burglary. The other three have not so far.

No trial date has been scheduled yet.


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