Four plead not guilty in killing of man dumped in Azusa Canyon

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Four of five defendants charged with murder of a Glendora man whose body was later found in the Angeles National Forest.

Hercules Dimitrios Balaskas, Francisco Amigon and Jacob Hunter, each 19, and Matthew Martin Capiendo Luzon, 21, were charged with residential robbery and kidnapping in the death of Julian Hamori-Andrade, 20.

Andrade was discovered on the evening of May 30, about 30 feet down a hill alongside Highway 39 in Azusa Canyon. Prosecutors allege that he was beaten at Luzon’s home on May 28, with Balaskas using a metal chair and Luzon wielding a rock and broken glass pipe.

Afterwards, prosecutors further contend that Andrade was dumped on the hillside where he would be later found. At the time, Andrade was alive, detectives contend.

The murder charge includes the special circumstance allegations of lying in wait and murder during the commission of a kidnapping and a robbery. Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty against them.

A fifth defendant, Andrew Joseph Michael Williams, 19, is charged with the same counts, but is not facing the special circumstance allegations. He is set to be arraigned Wednesday at the Pomona courthouse.

City News Service contributed to this story.

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