MODESTO — A judge has rescheduled a preliminary hearing to start Dec. 2 for two men charged with murder in the 2011 shooting of a Patterson man in west Modesto.
Authorities say Juan Manuel Tello, 27, of Modesto and Alexander Hernandez Lopez, 26, of Salida are responsible for the shooting death of Robert Ruvalcaba.
The 38-year-old man was found dead Dec. 16, 2011, in an alley near North Martin Luther King Drive and Linden Street.
Witnesses told police they heard gunshots and spotted Ruvalcaba injured in the alley.
The preliminary hearing is expected to last three days. At the conclusion, the judge will determine whether there is enough evidence for the case to proceed to trial.
The defendants remain in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail.