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Teens charged in teacher’s death indicted


Heather Cory

From right to left, Jose Delatorre and Juan Aguirre stand as their case is discussed at Henderson Justice Court on Feb. 11, 2009. Charged with the murder of Matthew Cox, a music teacher at Basic High School, Delatorre and Aguirre’s case will move to Clark County Justice Court where their case will be heard in front of a grand jury.

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 | 5:20 p.m.

Remembering Matt Cox

Students and teachers remember slain choir director Matt Cox with music at a memorial service for him at Basic High School.

The two teenagers accused of killing Basic High School teacher Matthew Cox were indicted today following a grand jury hearing at District Court.

Prosecutors decided to present their evidence before a grand jury rather than at a preliminary hearing, which was scheduled for this morning, but was canceled.

Jose Delatorre, 18, and Juan Aguirre, 17, each face six charges in the indictments including murder, robbery, burglary and kidnapping in the death of Basic High School choir teacher Matthew Cox on Dec. 22. Both were arrested by Henderson Police on Dec. 23, and Aguirre is being tried as an adult.

The case was moved from Henderson Justice Court to Clark County District Court, said Andrea Luem, Delatorre’s attorney.

During a grand jury hearing, which is closed to the public, only the judge, grand jurors, prosecutors and prosecution witnesses can be present, she said.

“The District Attorney always has the choice of proceeding by way of preliminary hearing or grand jury indictment,” Luem said. “Sometimes, there are things they don’t want the public to know about.”

The arraignment for Delatorre and Aguirre is at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 at District Court, at which time both defendants will plead not guilty, Luem said.

Prosecutors could not be reached for comment regarding the indictment.

Jeff O’Brien can be reached at 990-8957 or [email protected].

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