Final suspect in triple slayings pleads not guilty

(AP) - A Nicaraguan national considered a principal suspect in the execution-style slayings of three friends in Newark this summer has pleaded not guilty.

Rodolfo Godinez stood with his hands and feet shackled during his 10-minute arraignment before state Superior Court Judge Donald Volkert today.

The 24-year-old Newark man -- one of six people charged in the slayings -- faces 16 charges, including three murder counts. Five other suspects have already pleaded not guilty in the August 4th slayings.

Volkert set Godinez' bail at $1.5 million on the murder charges, bringing his combined bail to $3 million.

A detainer also has been placed on Godinez by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which means that even if Godinez were to make bail he wouldn't be released.

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