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Request to work denied for accused killer of Arellys Mercado


A request for a change in electronic surveillance and the supervision schedule so that the defendant in the Arellys Mercado Ríos slaying case could work as a locksmith was denied Thursday by a Fajardo Superior Court judge.

By The Star Staff


A request for a change in electronic surveillance and the supervision schedule so that Jensen Medina Cardona, who stands accused in the death of Arellys Mercado Ríos, could work as a locksmith, was denied Thursday morning by Judge Gema González in Superior Court in Fajardo.


With the determination, Medina Cardona will remain under electronic surveillance 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He may leave the residence of his custodian only with prior authorization from the Pretrial Services Program (PSAJ by its Spanish initials). Specifically, the PSAJ had recommended to the court that the accused not be allowed to work. Medina Cardona was trying to resume working in his Mundo Llaves business.


Medina Cardona’s defense had asked the court to allow Medina Cardona to work from Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


His trial continued in Fajardo Superior Court on Thursday. Medina Cardona is accused in the death of Mercado Ríos during an altercation over a cell phone on Villa Marina Boulevard in the northeastern coastal town.

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