Suspects deny charges in Aurora stabbing case
By Dan Campana For Sun-Times Media September 15, 2013 8:00PM
Updated: October 17, 2013 6:20AM
Two imprisoned men charged with attempted murder as part of a 2011 crime spree have pleaded not guilty.
Jason Ward, 21, and Luis Lomeli, 28, were arraigned Sept. 6 during their first appearances in Kane County Court since they were indicted in the May 1, 2011, stabbing of a man outside an Aurora liquor store.
Authorities have said the stabbing was part of a string of violent crimes that included a Montgomery home invasion and culminated with a murder in LaSalle County. Ward and Lomeli are both serving lengthy prison terms in connection with murder convictions. They are each charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, armed violence and aggravated battery.
Joshua Ward, Jason’s brother, is also charged in the liquor store stabbing but has yet to appear in court since his indictment in the case. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to armed robbery related to the LaSalle County murder.
Jason Ward and Lomeli are scheduled for trial in Kane County in March, court records show.
Trial set in hammer attack
An Aurora man accused of hitting his sleeping wife with a hammer in 2012 is scheduled to stand trial early next year, records show.
Camilo Rivera, 45, remains held in Kane County Jail on $750,000 bail and charged with attempted murder.
Police previously said Rivera attacked his wife inside the family home on Clark Street in August 2012 while some of the couple’s children were there. Three of the children were awakened by their mother’s screams and were able to stop the attack, police said at the time of Rivera’s arrest.
Rivera is to appear for a status hearing Sept. 20. A judge set his trial for Jan. 6.