Federal grand jury indicts 7 in Newman officer murder

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Seven people connected to the man suspected of killing a Newman police officer have been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Three of the people are from Kern County.

Earlier this month, the District Attorney’s office announced Bernabe Castaneda, Erasmo Villegas and Maria Luisa Moreno were arrested for aiding and abetting Paulo Mendoza.

Mendoza is accused of killing Newman police corporal Ronil Singh on Dec. 26, 2018.

The DA’s office says the three Kern defendants face harsher punishments under federal law than California’s newly-revised criminal statutes.

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