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Two accused in Lorain murder waive preliminary hearings

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    Lorenzo Garcia appears in Lorain Municipal Court on Tuesday afternoon, April 10 for a preliminary hearing for his alledged connection to the murder of Linda Wisniewski on March 27.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

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    Lorenzo Garcia appears in Lorain Municipal Court on Tuesday afternoon, April 10 for a preliminary hearing for his alledged connection to the murder of Linda Wisniewski on March 27.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

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    Lorenzo Garcia appears in Lorain Municipal Court on Tuesday afternoon, April 10 for a preliminary hearing for his alledged connection to the murder of Linda Wisniewski on March 27.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

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    Antonio Martinez appears in Lorain Municipal Court on Tuesday afternoon, April 10 for a preliminary hearing for his alledged connection to the murder of Linda Wisniewski on March 27.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

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    Antonio Martinez appears in Lorain Municipal Court on Tuesday afternoon, April 10 for a preliminary hearing for his alledged connection to the murder of Linda Wisniewski on March 27.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

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    Antonio Martinez appears in Lorain Municipal Court on Tuesday afternoon, April 10 for a preliminary hearing for his alledged connection to the murder of Linda Wisniewski on March 27.

    KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE

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LORAIN —The cases of two men police say murdered 67-year-old Linda Wisniewski have been bound over to a Lorain County grand jury.

Lorenzo Garcia, 31, of Elyria, and Antonio Martinez, 24, of Lorain, were scheduled to have preliminary hearings Tuesday afternoon before Lorain Municipal Judge Thomas Elwell. The two appeared in court, but waived their preliminary hearings and asked for the cases to be bound over to the grand jury.

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

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

Kenneth “Chip” Williams, 28, who 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 later that week in connection to the incident, charging them with aggravated murder. Lorain police Lt. Ed Super said the department is waiting on some lab results from its investigation on the case but said police would not be releasing any more details on the incident.

Several Lorain police officers and detectives were in attendance at the hearings Tuesday. Lorain County Assistant Prosecutors Tony Cillo and Laura Dezort also attended the hearing.

Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said Cillo and Dezort were in attendance because Garcia and Martinez had not waived their rights to a speedy trial, and the prosecutor’s office wanted to get as much of a jump on the case as they could. Will said that both men now have signed the time waiver.

At their initial appearance in court on the aggravated murder charges, Elwell said both Garcia and Martinez were to be held without bond until their preliminary hearings. On Tuesday, Elwell set the bond for each at $1 million cash bond and $1 million personal bond.

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.



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