Arraignment of Davantes murder case suspects reset

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THE arraignment of three other suspects in the robbery-slay of advertising executive Kristelle “Kae” Davantes was reset for November 12 because of the unavailability of the judge handling the case.

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Judge Salvador Timbang Jr. of the Las Piñas City Regional Trial Court Branch 253 scheduled the arraignment of Samuel Decimo, Kelvin Jorek Evangelista and Komar Pepito on Thursday but Timbang went on leave.

Among the six suspects, only Lloyd Benedict Enriquez and Reggie Diel were arraigned in connection with the brutal killing of Davantes.

The two suspects both refused to enter any plea prompted the court to enter a not guilty plea on their behalf.

The sixth suspect, Baser Minalang is still at-large and is being pursued by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Task Force Kae.

The suspects are facing charges of robbery with homicide filed against them by the Davantes family.

Enriquez had admitted that it was him, Diel, Minalang, and Evangelista who approached Davantes just as she was about to open the gate of their house in Moonwalk Village, Las Piñas at around 2 a.m. of September 7.

He also admitted that they took the victim’s laptop computer and some P3,000 cash and commandeered her Toyota Altis car.

After traveling from Las Piñas and making a stop in Tagaytay, the group then proceeded to Silang, Cavite where Davantes was killed. Her car was recovered in Pamplona 3, Las Piñas on September 15.

Davantes was last seen alive driving her car out of a parking lot at the Bonifacio Global City at around 1 a.m. of September 7, where she had a night out with office colleagues.

Her body was found the following morning under a bridge in Silang Cavite, with the mouth gagged and both hands tied by a car seatbelt.

The account executive was strangled by the cable of her laptop computer and stabbed in the neck.

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