Crime

July 8, 2014

Testimony halted in west Modesto murder hearing

A judge halted testimony Tuesday in a preliminary hearing after a defendant in a west Modesto murder case was too ill to continue.

A judge halted testimony Tuesday in a preliminary hearing after a defendant in a west Modesto murder case was too ill to continue.

Cory Cline and Quinton Lambert have been charged with murder in Mario Albo’s death. The 30-year-old man was found with the gunshot wound in his head July 24, 2013, at a home in the 2300 block of Ridge Road in west Modesto.

Cline, who had been suffering with health problems when the hearing started Monday, had to be excused from the courtroom Tuesday.

Stanislaus Superior Court Judge Dawna Reeves said on Tuesday afternoon that Cline could not return to the courtroom because of her health problems. She scheduled the attorneys to return to court this morning to determine when the hearing will continue.

At the conclusion of the hearing, the judge will determine whether there is enough evidence for the defendants to stand trial. Cline and Lambert remain in custody.

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