Trials and Arbitration

Salvadoran national rejects plea deal, moves to trial in Baltimore killings

Salvadoran national rejects plea deal, moves to trial in Baltimore killings

Elias Josael Jimenez Alvarado declined an offer Tuesday to plead guilty to murder in exchange for life in prison, opting instead to stand trial for the strangling deaths of two Baltimore women.

The 21-year-old from El Salvador was charged with two killings last September.

On Sept. 8, police on midnight patrol were called to the 3900 block of Dolfield Ave., in Northwest Baltimore, for a report of a woman screaming. The officers cut their headlights and crept up to the scene, finding a man over the body of Ranarda Williams, 35. The man fled into a nearby garage, but was caught and arrested.

Williams had been strangled, police said.

Police identified the man as...

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