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Grand jury indicts 6 in death of Eldorado High teacher

Teacher Death Suspects

Steve Marcus

Saul Farvela waits in court Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. He is among six people who have been arrested in the Oct. 20 robbery, beating and death of Timothy VanDerbosch, an Eldorado High School teacher.

Updated Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 | 3:33 p.m.

Teacher Death Suspects

Saul Farvela looks toward attorneys in court Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. He is among six people who have been arrested in the Oct. 20 robbery, beating and death of Timothy VanDerbosch, an Eldorado High School teacher. Launch slideshow »

Suspects in Teacher's Death

Marisol Diaz, Daniel Carrillo and Bridget Lugo make their second appearance in Las Vegas Justice Court Tuesday, November 30, 2010.  Launch slideshow »
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Timothy VanDerbosch

A grand jury has indicted six people in the murder of Eldorado High School teacher Timothy VanDerbosch.

The indictment was announced Wednesday, hours after three of the defendants appeared in Las Vegas Justice Court.

David Rosas, 19; Saul Favela, 19; Marcos Coronel Castrejon, 20; Daniel Carrillo, 16; Bridget Lugo, 20; and Marisol Diaz, 16, have been charged with 24 felony counts.

The charges against the six include five counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, 10 counts of robbery with use of a deadly weapon, two counts of burglary while in possession of a firearm, three counts of battery with use of a deadly weapon, three counts of battery with intent to commit a crime and one count of murder with use of a deadly weapon.

Lugo, Diaz and Carrillo appeared at a Las Vegas Justice Court hearing Tuesday for a preliminary hearing, which was postponed. Rosas, Favela and Castrejon appeared for a similar preliminary hearing Wednesday morning, but it was canceled because of the pending grand jury indictment.

Their cases will move from Justice Court to District Court, where a hearing for all six has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 13 before Judge Jennifer Togliatti.

VanDerbosch died Oct. 20 after he was allegedly robbed and beaten and then run over by a car while he was walking to Eldorado High School, where he taught chemistry and physics.

Police said they believe the six defendants committed a number of other robberies and beatings in the same time period.

The indictment alleges the six defendants robbed 10 people, each time using a firearm and/or a knife. It alleges two of the victims allegedly had their vehicles stolen, one was hit in the head with a fist, two were hit with a firearm and one was stabbed in the leg with a knife.

Items allegedly taken from the victims include wallets, a briefcase, cell phones, purses, key chains, a debit card, a Social Security card, jeans, a gold chain, a phone charger, a hat and money.

In addition, the indictment alleges VanDerbosch was robbed using a firearm and/or a knife and was hit in the head and body by the defendants’ hands and/or feet, causing him to fall into the road, where he was fatally struck hit by a vehicle.

According to the indictment: “The defendants and the accomplices encouraged one another throughout by actions and words, the defendants and their accomplices acted in concert throughout each with the intent to commit the crime(s).”

The felony robbery charges in addition to the murder charge mean the case will likely be reviewed by the District Attorney's death penalty review committee.

Rosas is also being held on a parole violation. Court records indicate he was sentenced in April 2008 to 18 to 72 months in prison on a felony robbery charge.

All six remain in the Clark County Detention Center without bail.

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