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Old 09-13-2018, 02:59 PM
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Default Re: Long Branch, NJ WF, 16 stabbed to death by Guatemalan wetback living in the country illegally

Long Branch stabbing: Man to be held in jail until trial in teen's murder
Updated 4:29 p.m. ET Sept. 13, 2018

FREEHOLD - The 20-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing a 16-year-old Long Branch girl agreed Thursday to be held in jail to await trial in her murder.

Bryan Cordero-Castro, 20, a Guatemalan native who authorities say is in the United States illegally, waived a detention hearing and agreed to be confined to await the outcome of the case.

About nine people who said they are friends of Cordero-Castro sat in the courtroom across the aisle from Wells' family and friends, saying they were there to show support for the defendant.

One of them, Hafett Barrates, 18, of Long Branch, said outside the Monmouth County Courthouse that Cordero-Castro and Wells were inseparable.

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"They used to hang out every day,'' Barrates said. "They were together all the time.''

Barrates said he did not know what led up to the stabbing and was surprised to hear about it.
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