A judge on Monday postponed a preliminary hearing until March 4 for two men charged with murder in the 2011 shooting of a Patterson man in west Modesto. Juan Manuel Tello, 28, of Modesto and Alexander Hernandez Lopez, 27, of Salida were charged with 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 two days. The defendants remain in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail.