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Thursday, October 25, 2007

10/23/07 - Probable cause hearing scheduled for murder suspect


“We have a lot of questions about the timeline at the hotel”

STAMFORD - The state must prove it has enough evidence to charge a city man with murderfor allegedly stabbing his former girlfriend to death at the Sheraton Hotel.

The public defender for Juan Botello, 20, yesterday requested a Dec. 4 probable cause hearing at state Superior Court in Stamford.
Defendants charged with murder in Connecticut are entitled to such hearings, after which a judge must rule whether the state has enough evidence to press charges.

Botello, 20, allegedly killed Layla Banks, 21, an aspiring graphic designer who lived with her mother in Greenwich, after she rejected his attempts to rekindle their relationship, police and friends have said.

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