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Alleged kidnappers' cases still pending

A status hearing at Yakima County Jail last Thursday for Heriberto Martinez, 24, and Pedro Ochoa-Mendoza, 23, resulted in a continuance of their cases with their January trial dates being reset.

Martinez has been charged with first degree kidnapping with a deadly weapon, first degree robbery and attempting first degree kidnapping. Ochoa-Mendoza was charged with first degree robbery with a deadly weapon, indecent liberties and attempting first degree kidnapping.

Those charges stemmed from the abduction of a Yakima woman on Oct. 8, 2005 while she was jogging in a Yakima neighborhood and from an attempted abduction of a 16-year-old girl while she was jogging in the same area on the same day.

At the status hearing last Thursday, an omnibus hearing was set for March 16 for Ochoa-Mendoza with a new trial date of March 27. A Feb. 23 omnibus hearing was set for Martinez with a March 6 trial date.

The purpose of the omnibus hearing, which brings together the prosecutors, defense lawyers and defendant, is to examine the evidence and decide if the case will be continued or go to the trial date which has been set.

Both men are being held in the Yakima County Jail.

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