Four Pelham murder suspects plead not guilty
By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor
Four men charged with the 2012 stabbing death of a 25-year-old man in Pelham have pleaded not guilty to the charges, and are scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 5.
Montevallo resident Oscar Adonay Alvarenga and Pelham residents Jose Armando Erazo-Acosta, Pedro Edgardo Portillo and Fernando Antonio Landaverde-Caballero each pleaded not guilty to counts of murder recently, according to Shelby County Circuit Court documents.
The four suspects are scheduled to appear in front of Circuit Court Judge Dan Reeves for a status hearing on Aug. 5, according to court documents.
Police arrested the four men in August 2012 and charged them with stabbing and killing 25-year-old Emilio Alonso during an altercation at a Pelham bar off Alabama 119.
Alonso was pronounced dead after Pelham police responded to a wreck on U.S. 31 near Valley Elementary School during the early morning hours of Aug. 12, 2012.
All four suspects currently are being held in the Shelby County Jail on bonds of $1 million each.