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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • De La Cruz-Gonzalez to proceed to arraignment

  • A preliminary hearing for Braulio De La Cruz-Gonzalez, a Dodge City man accused of two counts of involuntary manslaughter, was held Monday after a three-week delay.
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  • A preliminary hearing for Braulio De La Cruz-Gonzalez, a Dodge City man accused of two counts of involuntary manslaughter, was held Monday after a three-week delay. The initial hearing was postponed due to weather Feb. 25. The charges against De La Cruz-Gonzalez were filed as a result of an April 2012 car accident seven miles west of Dodge City in which 67-year-old Fred Ruda and 90-year-old Eleanor T. Sexson were both killed. Braulio De La Cruz-Gonzalez was driving eastbound on U.S. Highway 56 when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck a westbound vehicle driven by Ruda, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol crash log. During Monday's hearing, De La Cruz-Gonzalez's attorney waived his client's right to a contested preliminary hearing, according to Assistant Ford County Attorney Kevin Salzman. The case will be set for arraignment at a later date. During the arraignment hearing, De La Cruz-Gonzalez will be given a chance to enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or no contest.
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