Final arraignments in Rensselaer County homicides

RENSSELAER, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The last two murder suspects in two connected homicide cases in Rensselaer County were in court on Wednesday for their arraignment. They were extradited from Virginia where they were arrested.

These two men were brought in to face a judge. They had an interpreter by their side, along with their attorney. They are the last to be arraigned among four total suspects for the murder of Christian Hernandez and Javier Gomez.

On Wednesday, both Luis Guevara and Salomon Hernandez pled not guilty to their murder charges. Investigators say they left the Capital Region in a car and fled to Virginia. Guevara is from Clifton Park and Hernandez is from Mexico.

Gomez, 23, was found beaten and stabbed to death in his Troy apartment on Oct. 17th. The body of his cousin and roommate, Hernandez, was found in a creek in Brunswick the next day.

Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove only talked about the investigative work it took to track these suspects down in Virginia. He wouldn’t discuss the motive of the murder or whether drugs were involved.

“[There was] some technology involved, coordination with other agencies to locate these individuals,” Abelove said.

Hernandez’ attorney insisted that his client is innocent.

“I think if my client were white, he wouldn’t be in jail right now because his culpability is so much less,” Hernandez’ attorney Hartman said. “He’s not guilty of murder, but [I’m] not gonna comment on the facts.”

Magdaleno Calixto was just arraigned Monday for the death of Hernandez. He was already arraigned for the death of Gomez.

Cresenzio Salazar was arrested in New York City, and has been arraigned. All four are on immigration holds, meaning Immigration and Customs Enforcement eventually will investigate whether they were here illegally.

The judge adjourned the case for 45 days for any motions to be filed, and then the judge will set a trial date. The suspects were sent to jail without bail.

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