Wilkes-Barre murder suspects back in court

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Two people charged in connection with a man’s death in Wilkes-Barre were back in court on Thursday.

Louisa Reyes, 14, and Reynaldo Mercado, 31, are both charged with Fred Boote’s murder. He was stabbed to death at his Wilkes-Barre home in September.

Reyes waived her charges onto the Luzerne County of Common Pleas for a possible trial. She was charged as an adult.

Merado did have a hearing on Thursday. A judge ruled there is enough evidence to send Reynaldo Mercado to trial for the murder of Fred Boote from Wilkes-Barre.

A Wilkes-Barre police officer testified that they went to Boote’s home on September 14th after Boote’s dog was found near a convenience store several blocks away. The dog was wearing a tag with Boote’s address on it. Officers found Boote in an upstairs bedroom, covered in blood. Officers say Boote had been stabbed and beaten to death.

Prosecutors say Mercado and Reyes tried to burn the body to destroy the evidence.

Reyes and her mother, Carmen Cardy,  had lived with Boote earlier this year because Boote was having a romantic relationship with her mother. That relationship ended in July and they were asked to leave the home.

Carmen Cardy told the I-Team, “She (Reyes) is a very good kid. I can’t say anything right now. I can’t say anything right now. you’ll know when I can.”

As deputy coroner described Boote’s injuries Daniel Boote, Fred Boote’s son seated in the back of the courtroom. Angrily shouted at Mercado.  Boote was escorted out of the courtroom…Mercado had no response

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