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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Charges have been upgraded against two of the suspects in a double homicide in St. Joseph.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that Omar Martinez-Velez and Luis Omar Robles-Vargas now each face two felony counts of first-degree murder and two counts of armed criminal action. They initially were charged with second-degree murder in the July 2016 shooting deaths of 22-year-old Kevin Villegas-Melendez and 25-year-old Raymond Gonzalez-Ortiz.

No attorney is listed for Martinez-Velez in online court records. The attorney for Robles-Vargas didn’t immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Three other people have entered guilty pleas in the killings. One person admitted to second-degree murder and two others to conspiracy to commit second-degree murder.


Information from: St. Joseph News-Press/St. Joe, Missouri,