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Alleged gun burglars appear in district court

WORTHINGTON — Two Worthington residents facing charges after an Oct. 29 weapons burglary in Marshall made their first court appearance Tuesday in Nobles County District Court.

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Michele Lopez and Julio Hernandez were each arrested Nov. 10 for their alleged connection with the burglary. The court ruled Tuesday that Lopez and Hernandez would receive a joint evidentiary hearing to decide whether the case will move to a trial.

Hernandez and Lopez are both facing charges of possession of an assault weapon, possession of stolen property and possessing a pistol without a permit in a public place. Hernandez is facing an additional charge for receiving stolen property.

It was determined during Hernandez’s hearing that he will remain in custody in Nobles County Jail until the joint hearing.

Lopez asked the court during her hearing on Tuesday to be released on her own recognizance. The defense argued that Lopez is not a flight risk and added that if she stays in custody, she would be evicted from her home and lose her government assistance. The defense also stated that Lopez does not have the funds to pay her bond or bail.

Due to the severity of the alleged crime, she was denied release to her home and will remain in custody until the next hearing.

Lopez’s bond was reduced from $30,000 to $15,000 with conditions that she does not intake drugs or alcohol, submits to random drug testing, have no contact with Hernandez and the 17-year-old also allegedly involved in the burglary of Borch’s Sporting Goods in Marshall. She also must remain in contact with her lawyer.

The joint evidentiary hearing will take place within the next 28 days, but an exact date has yet to be determined.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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