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Party goers plead not guilty

Sat, Apr 09 2011 12:00 PM Posted By: Neal Putnam

A Sept. 6 trial date has been set for one man suspected of murder following a party in Chula Vista.

Uriel Alejandro Sanchez, 21, of Bonita, is the only one of three men originally arrested for murder who was ordered by a judge to stand trial following a preliminary hearing in Chula Vista Superior Court.

Sanchez is accused of killing Joseph Baars, 21, of Chula Vista, on Oct. 10, 2010, following a party in the 400 block of Krista Court in Chula Vista.

Both Sanchez and Baars had dated the same woman and a fight erupted in the street, where police found Baars on the road, a prosecutor said.

Anthony Talavera, 19, of Chula Vista, was ordered to stand trial for felony assault in the same incident by Judge Francis Devaney last month.

All charges against a third man, Victor Castro, 19, of Chula Vista, were dropped by the District Attorney's Office shortly before the hearing.

Deputy District Attorney Hector Jimenez said alcohol was a factor in the incident.

Both Sanchez and Talavera have pleaded not guilty. Sanchez remains in the South Bay Detention Facility on $1 million bail, while Talavera is free on a bail bond.

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