Cases continued for four Pelham murder suspects
By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor
Four men charged with the 2012 stabbing death of a 25-year-old man in Pelham are scheduled to appear in court over the next few months after their cases were continued this month.
Montevallo resident Oscar Adonay Alvarenga and Pelham residents Jose Armando Erazo-Acosta, Pedro Edgardo Portillo and Fernando Antonio Landaverde-Caballero each appeared in the Shelby County court for status hearings in early October, but did not speak. All four suspects’ cases were continued to the next few months, according to court documents.
Landaverde-Caballero and Alvarenga are scheduled to appear in court again on Dec. 2, and Erazo-Acosta and Portillo are scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 3, 2014.
The suspects previously pleaded not guilty to counts of murder, according to Shelby County Circuit Court documents. The four men have remained in the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $1 million each since their arrest in August 2012.
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.