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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012 3:17 pm | Updated: 4:42 pm, Thu Apr 11, 2013.

     Seven of eight men charged in the July kidnapping and murder of 22-year-old Reyes Bocanegra pleaded not guilty Thursday in the 138th State District Court.

     Serafin Lazaro Lugo, 37, of Edinburg, Oscar Cisneros, 30, of Sullivan City, Victor Ernesto Matamoros Orellana, 31, of Donna, Jorge Alberto Aleman, 21, of Donna, Abraham Parra, 24, of Laredo and brothers Leonardo Vasquez, 28, of San Benito, and Carlos Enrique Vasquez, 33, of Mercedes, pleaded not guilty to capital murder by terror threat/other felony and aggravated kidnapping.

     Each suspect will be tried separately and the prosecution said it hadn’t determined whether the State will seek the death penalty.

     The last suspect in the case, Orlando Martinez Perez, also known as “Homi,” failed to appear in court Thursday.

     “He is still outstanding. The last information was that he was somewhere up in Donna, but I don’t have the latest intel on his whereabouts,” police spokesman J.J. Treviño said. “The warrant should be the same as all the rest: murder and he is a fugitive.”

      Bocanegra was kidnapped and killed July 19 after a group of armed men stormed a small restaurant at 374 Military Highway, tied up employees and customers, and forced the man into his own Chevrolet Tahoe.

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