Hamilton man gets 16 years for Chambersburg slaying

The triggerman who shot and killed Emilio Lopez during a 2012 robbery in Trenton’s Chambersburg neighborhood has been sentenced to 16 years of incarceration. Emmanuel Cruz, 32, of Hamilton, is currently booked at the Central Reception and Assignment Facility in Ewing Township and must serve 85 percent of the sentence behind bars before being eligible … Read more →

Alleged gunman in fatal Chambersburg robbery gets post-indictment hearing

The alleged gunman who shot and killed Emilio Lopez during a 2012 robbery in Trenton’s Chambersburg neighborhood is gearing up for a post-indictment arraignment. Emmanuel Cruz, 29, of Hamilton, is scheduled to appear in court 9 a.m. next Monday before Mercer County Superior Court Judge Darlene Pereksta. A grand jury indicted him last month on … Read more →

Prosecutors: Video shows shooting death of Chambersburg murder victim

Recently arrested murder suspect Emmanuel Cruz killed Emilio Lopez in cold blood during a 2012 city robbery and the whole shebang was recorded on surveillance footage, authorities alleged. Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor Michelle Gasparian at a bail hearing Tuesday said the state has identified three cooperating witnesses who have all fingered 29-year-old Cruz as the … Read more →

Alleged shooter arrested for 2012 homicide

A fourth person has been arrested in connection with the 2012 death of Emilio Lopez. Emmanuel Cruz, 29, was arrested in Falls Township, Pa., Monday night by members of the U.S. Marshals Service. He is charged with murder, robbery and related weapons offenses in connection with Lopez’s death. Three other men, whom are all cousins, … Read more →

Murder trial pushed back as prosecutors seek possible DNA evidence

A judge delayed the murder trial for three men suspected in the fatal shooting death of 34-year-old Emilio Lopez, in part so prosecutors can seek a superseding indictment that would charge the defendants with robbery and felony murder. Despite an objection from one defense attorney, Assistant Prosecutor James Scott on Thursday was granted an adjournment … Read more →

Three men to be tried together for murder of Emilio Lopez

Three men charged in the fatal shooting death of 34-year-old Emilio Lopez rejected prosecutors’ offer calling for 30-year sentences for murder and are expected to be tried together. No trial date has been set for Roberto Cruz, 33, Kenneth Rivera and Jose Rivera, both 21, who all face up to 75 years in state prison … Read more →

Police make three arrests, issue warrant in Friday homicides

Trenton police have arrested three men in connection with the murder of Emilio Lopez and have issued a warrant for the arrest of William Marshall in connection to the murder of Ruschell Fireall. Lopez, 34, was killed on the 100 block of Kent Street in what was initially reported as a stabbing, but police later … Read more →

Jose Rivera

Suspected in the Nov. 16, 2012 death of Emilio Lopez.