A teen wanted in connection with the slayings of three college students and the attempted murder of a fourth in Newark was taken into custody today, and authorities are seeking two more suspects implicated in the execution-style homicides. Another suspect, Jose Carranza, pleaded not guilty this morning; the third, a 15-year-old boy, is being held pending a detention hearing.
The suspect picked up today has not been arrested, the Star-Ledger of Newark reports. Carranza, an illegal immigrant from Peru, was charged with a lengthy list of offenses including three counts of murder. Facing the prospect of a jurisdictional tussle with federal immigration authorities, the county prosecutor said, "We have him and he is ours."