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Chavez and Carillo appear in District Court

By Staff | Feb 18, 2008

Two men charged for their involvement in a fight resulting in the stabbing death of a Winnebago man last summer had their day in court.

Eduardo Lopez Chavez, 30, and Hector Carbajal Carrillo, 26, made their first court appearance Monday before Judge Douglas Richards.

Chavez, who is Lopez’s brother, and Carrillo both face a second-degree riot and terroristic threats charge, which are considered felonies.

The maximum penalties for each charge is five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Through an interpreter, both defendants were asked by the judge whether the criminal complaints were read to them and if they understood the charges they were facing.

Faribault County public defenders Troy Timmerman and Bill Grogin asked Richards if they could be removed from the cases.

“Because of my involvement in a matter in a previous case, this is going to be referred to the Mankato office,” Timmerman told Richards.

The two public defenders represented Marcos Gonzalez, who was initially charged with second- and third-degree murder in the death of Miguel Angel Lopez on July 28.

Gonzalez later hired a private attorney and pled guilty to first-degree manslaughter last October. He was sentenced to 86 months in prison on Feb. 1.

Faribault County Attorney Brian Roverud says police and medical reports, interviews of witnesses and other material in the cases will be forward to the public defender’s office in Mankato.

Faribault County authorities arrested Chavez on Feb. 6 while at the courthouse in Blue Earth. Carrillo was apprehended two days later.

Because both men are believed to be undocumented aliens, they also are being held for Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

According to a court complaint, Chavez used a car jack pipe and a broken bottle during a fight outside a mobile home at Sunrise Manor Trailer Park in Winnebago. Several people fought with fists and belts, the complaint says, when Gonzalez reached into the bed of this pickup and pulled out a 10-inch serrated knife and stabbed Lopez in the stomach.

The complaint says Carrillo allegedly used a stick in the fight and was making threats of violence along with Louis Alberto Sanchez.

Chavez and Carrillo remain in custody at the county jail and each is being held a $10,000 cash bond.

Roverud says charges are not going to be filed against Sanchez at this time.

The county attorney says Jose Guadalupe Gomez faces riot and terroristic threats charges, but he is being held in Mower County on another charge.

“At this point we think we’ve got everyone involved in the fight,” he says. “If other information comes up, we’ll look at it.”

Gomez was initially charged in Lopez’s murder with two felony counts of aiding an offender. The charges were dropped after tests showed that blood found on his clothing was not the victim’s.