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Press Release
April 23, 2013
For Immediate Release

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John Thomas
Deputy District Attorney 
(909) 891-3551 


Suspect in 1998 Cold Case Killing Arraigned on Murder Charges


VICTIM: Inocente Medina

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – A Los Angeles man has been charged in the death of a Fontana man whose body was found in a motel room 15 years ago.

Artemio Juarez, 41, of Los Angeles, was arraigned Friday on murder charges for the death of Inocente Medina of Fontana. The 31-year-old’s dead body was found in a room at the La Villa motel in Fontana on February 15, 1998.

On Wednesday, April 17, detectives from the Sheriff’s Cold Case Team arrested Juarez in Los Angeles.

Juarez was arraigned Friday in Fontana Superior Court and pleaded not guilty to all counts. He is scheduled for a Pre-Preliminary Hearing April 29 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 8, Fontana Superior Court. If convicted as charged, Juarez faces 25 years to life in state prison.

“We also have reason to believe that there was a third person in the motel room at the time of the murder that could possibly have information about the murder,” said Deputy District Attorney John Thomas, who is assigned to the case.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Deputy District Attorney Thomas at (909) 891-3551. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call We-Tip (1-800-78-CRIME). Click here to download a copy of the complaint.

The primary goals of the Cold Case Unit are to give answers and closure to the families and friends of those murdered victims along with protecting the citizens of San Bernardino County.

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