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Lorain homicide suspects plead not guilty (UPDATED)

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    Antonio Jeremiah Martinez is led into Lorain Municipal Court for his arraignment Monday.

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE

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    Antonio Martinez, left, and Lorenzo Garcia, right, are currently in custody and facing charges of aggravated murder in connection with the homicide of Linda Wisniewski.

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Antonio Jeremiah Martinez is led into Lorain Municipal Court for his arraignment Monday.

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LORAIN — Two men charged in what Lorain police call a burglary-turned-homicide appeared in court Monday.

Antonio Jeremiah Martinez, 24, of East 30th Street in Lorain, pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated murder, a first-degree felony, before Lorain Municipal Judge Thomas Elwell.

Lorenzo Garcia, 31, of 14th Street in Elyria, pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated murder during a video arraignment before Elwell. Defense attorney J. Anthony Rich was appointed as Garcia’s attorney.

Elwell scheduled preliminary hearings for the men 1 p.m. April 10.

Both Garcia and Martinez are being held without bond. Elwell said the issue of bond will be re-examined at the preliminary hearings.

The two men are the only suspects police have identified in the death of 67-year-old Linda Wisniewski. Police have said they believe Garcia to be the primary suspect.

According to a news release, at about 10 p.m. March 27, Lorain officers responded to a “burglary in progress” call at 3625 Amherst Ave. There, officers found Wisniewski dead.

Kenneth “Chip” Williams, 28, whom relatives described as a close family friend of Wisniewski, was found with serious injuries and was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

Police arrested Martinez and Garcia on Thursday and Friday in connection to the incident, charging them with aggravated murder.

Contact Bruce Walton at 440-329-7123 or bwalton@chroniclet.com. Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com.



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