Lyon County alleged kidnap suspects appear at separate hearings Thursday

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Three suspects involved in the alleged kidnapping and battery of an Emporia teenager last fall appeared in Lyon County District Court Thursday.

According to Lyon County Attorney Marc Goodman, 18-year-old Samuel Garcia pleaded to a charge of conspiracy to commit aggravated kidnapping and aggravated battery. A sentencing hearing is now scheduled for 11 a.m. April 27.

In addition, 17-year-old Daniel Garcia, who is charged with aggravated kidnapping will face trial beginning May 1. A motions hearing has also been set for 17-year-old Alexander Couch who faces single counts of aggravated kidnapping, conspiracy to commit aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery, conspiracy to commit aggravated battery and aggravated robbery. The state is intending to try Couch as an adult in the case. That hearing is set for May 8.

Three other juveniles will learn next week if they too will be tried as adults in relation to their roles in the case. Judge Lee Fowler has set a 1:15 p.m. hearing March 15 for Armando Nunez, Selena Hernandez and Jonathan Manzano. A preliminary hearing also for 18-year-old Andrew Granado will take place at 10 a.m. March 21.

Each of the seven individuals is accused in the alleged kidnapping and beating of a 16-year-old Emporia High student Nov. 18 south of Emporia. One of the alleged incidents was also video recorded. The victim suffered bruises to the head and torso after being hit and kicked repeatedly. 

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