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http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/crime/key-witness-testifies-in-west-palm-beach-death-1381692.html

Key witness testifies in West Palm Beach death penalty case

By Susan Spencer-Wendel

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Updated: 9:22 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Posted: 7:27 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2011

WEST PALM BEACH A key witness in the death penalty case against Alfredo Sotelo-Gomez testified Wednesday about driving to the scene of 17-year-old Maciel Videla's murder, watching as another man slit Videla's throat.

"Only thing I heard him gurgling a bit," said Juan Urdialez, flatly recounting Videla's murder like he would a history lesson.

Urdialez testified he saw Sotelo-Gomez pin Videla's arms behind his back while another man, Diego "Yogi" Nunez, slit his throat because they thought Videla was snitching to police about their drug dealing. Urdialez said he never reported anything to police, fearing what would happen to him.

"I was scared. I did not know what to do," Urdialez said.

Both Sotelo-Gomez, 29, and Videla's girlfriend Adriana Rodriguez, 20, are on trial, charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping.

Prosecutors Andrew Slater and Jacqueline Charbonneau are seeking the death penalty for Sotelo-Gomez.

Rodriguez is accused of a lesser role in the murder, luring her boyfriend to the men who would drive away with him from the El Toro Loco bar and kill him in 2008.

Urdialez claims he did not know of their intent to kill the Greenacres teen, nor did he know where they were going.

Urdialez, who has worked as a security guard at the state tuberculosis hospital in Lantana, has never been arrested or charged in the murder - a point defense attorneys Nellie King and Joe Walsh plumbed at length Wednesday on cross-examination as some of the jurors raised their eyebrows.

Urdialez has said he followed directions given to him by Sotelo-Gomez on where to drive. Defense attorneys brought out on cross-examination that Urdialez's aunt's trailer is some 200 yards from the scene.

Urdialez identified for police another of the men allegedly at the scene of the murder, Julio Gomez, a friend he knew from the bars and had partied with that night.

Urdialez signed for a detective a photo of a Julio Gomez declaring "This is Julio who I witness involved in the murder." It turned out it was a different Julio Gomez, jailed five months before his release.

Today, jurors are expected to hear statements to police by Sotelo-Gomez and Rodriguez, in which they implicated themselves to some degree.

Testimony is expected to continue into next week.









Other links : 1.http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/crime/first-degree-murder-trial-continues-today-in-greenacres-1379484.html

First-degree murder trial continues today in Greenacres teen's death

By Susan Spencer-Wendel

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Updated: 7:42 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Posted: 5:18 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2011

WEST PALM BEACH The first-degree murder trial of 29-year-old Alfredo Sotelo-Gomez continues today, with testimony expected from Juan Urdialez, termed by the defense as the prosecution's "star witness."

Sotelo-Gomez could face the death penalty if convicted in the killing of Maciel Martin Videla, 17, of Greenacres.

Videla was found dead in a western Palm Beach County canal in 2008. He was stabbed 15 times in the head, neck and back and his throat slit.

Urdialez was allegedly present at the murder scene, yet has never been charged.

Urdialez identified another man he knew personally who also was allegedly present at the murder scene - Julio Gomez. "This is Julio who I witness involved in the murder," he wrote on a photo and signed for a detective. Yet prosecutors later dropped Gomez's first-degree murder charge, acknowledging they had arrested the wrong Julio Gomez.

An undercover narcotics agent testified Tuesday that Sotelo-Gomez told him not to deal with Videla because he was a possible snitch.

"'Don't worry,'" the agent said Sotelo-Gomez advised him in December 2008. "I'll take care of him tomorrow.'"

Videla was found dead shortly after.

As the trial began Tuesday, Assistant State Attorney Jacqueline Charbonneau told jurors Sotelo-Gomez and group of other men planned to make Videla deaf and blind so he could not snitch again. They lured him into their car and drove west where Sotelo-Gomez pinned Videla's arms behind his back and another man slit his throat.

Videla's girlfriend, 20-year-old Adriana Rodriguez, also is on trial this week with Sotelo-Gomez. She is not accused of direct involvement in the attack on Videla, but the state contends she lured him to the men who would ultimately kill him. Rodriguez was complicit in the plan, Charbonneau told jurors, because she owed Videla money and didn't want to pay him.









2.http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/crime/first-degree-murder-trial-begins-in-greenacres-teens-1376363.html

First-degree murder trial begins in Greenacres teen's brutal death

By Susan Spencer-Wendel

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Updated: 7:42 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Posted: 7:07 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2011

WEST PALM BEACH An undercover narcotics agent testified Tuesday that 29-year-old Alfredo Sotelo-Gomez told him not to deal with Maciel Martin Videla because he was a possible snitch.

"Don't worry," the agent said Sotelo-Gomez advised him in December 2008. "I'll take care of him tomorrow."

Videla, 17, was found dead shortly after in a western Palm Beach County canal. The Greenacres teen was stabbed 15 times in the head, neck and back and his throat slit. Sotelo-Gomez is charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping and could face the death penalty if convicted.

Assistant State Attorney Jacqueline Charbonneau told jurors Sotelo-Gomez and group of other men planned to make Videla deaf and blind so he could not snitch again. They lured him into their car and drove west where Sotelo-Gomez pinned Videla's arms behind his back and another man slit his throat.

Videla's girlfriend, 20-year-old Adriana Rodriguez, also is on trial this week with Sotelo-Gomez. She is not accused of direct involvement in the attack on Videla, but the state contends she lured him to the men who would ultimately kill him. Rodriguez was complicit in the plan, Charbonneau told jurors, because she owed Videla money and didn't want to pay him.

The murder tracks back deep into the circles of cocaine dealers and ne'er do wells.

A dealer facing up to 70 years in prison who testified Tuesday buttressed the undercover agent's account of Sotelo-Gomez's involvement in exchange for leniency in his sentence. Juan Urdialez, termed by the defense as the prosecution's "star witness," was allegedly present at the murder scene, yet has never been charged.

Urdialez identified another man he knew personally who also was allegedly present at the murder scene - Julio Gomez. Yet prosecutors later dropped Gomez's first-degree murder charge, acknowledging they had arrested the wrong Julio Gomez.

Urdialez's testimony is due to begin this morning. The trial is scheduled to continue into next week.

Videla's family has since sued the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office over the murder of their son. The undercover agent testified Tuesday he told no one of Sotelo-Gomez's alleged comment about "taking care" of Videla.

"I never had the idea that was something he would do," the agent said .









Photos : 1. Alfredo Arturo Gomez-Sotelo in court Tuesday, April 5, 2011. (Lannis Waters/Palm Beach Post) >:(

              2. The victim's girlfriend, Adriana Rodriguez, 18, faces charges in court Tuesday April 5, 2011. (Lannis Waters/Palm Beach Post) >:(

            3. The victim Maciel Martin Videla :'(

           4. Juan Urdialez testifies under cross examination Wednesday afternoon. (Bill Ingram/Palm Beach Post)














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http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/crime/jury-convicts-sotelo-gomez-in-slaying-of-greenacres-1393695.html

Jury convicts Sotelo-Gomez in slaying of Greenacres teen

By Susan Spencer-Wendel

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Posted: 1:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2011

WEST PALM BEACH WEST PALM BEACH A jury today convicted Alfredo Sotelo-Gomez of kidnapping and first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Maciel Videla.

Sotelo-Gomez, 29, will now face a possible death-penalty, but the date for the trial's penalty phase was not immediately set following the verdict.

Sotelo-Gomez was accused of participating in the abduction and murder of Videla in December 2008. The body of the Greenacres teen was found in a canal in suburban Lantana. Sotelo-Gomez and others suspected Videla of snitching on their drug dealing.

A key witness who says he was at the scene testified he saw Sotelo-Gomez pin Videla's arms behind his back while another man, Diego "Yogi" Nunez, slit the young man's throat.

"Only thing I heard him gurgling a bit," testified Juan Urdialez flatly. Urdialez is an uncharged witness working with prosecutors.

Both Sotelo-Gomez, 29, and Videla's girlfriend Adriana Rodriguez, 20, were tried together with separate juries on charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping.

Rodriguez is accused of a lesser role in the murder, luring Videla to the men who would drive away with him from the El Toro Loco bar and kill him. Rodriguez's jury began deliberations late this morning.

A defense attorney for Sotelo-Gomez, Ann Perry, declined to comment on the verdict.













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