October 29, 2007 Seminole County Grand Jury Indicts in Two Cases

The Seminole County Grand Jury issued three first-degree premeditated murder indictments today (Oct. 23, 2007) on two separate cases. The Jury also changed the language in a previous murder indictment.

In the first case, Andrew Allred, 21, Oviedo, was indicted on two counts of first-degree premeditated murder for the Sept. 24 deaths of Tiffany Barwick and Michael Ruschak. Allred, who was arrested the day of the murders and remains in jail, was also indicted on charges of armed burglary, aggravated battery, and criminal mischief.

Assistant State Attorney James Carter presented three witnesses to the Jury, an Oviedo police officer, and two lay witnesses, before the indictments were returned.

The Jury also issued an indictment charging Evangelista Lopez, 39, Altamonte Springs, with the first-degree premeditated murder of his wife, Marilyn, on September 23. In that case, the Jury heard testimony from an Altamonte Springs Police Department officer and one lay witness before returning the charge.

In one other case, the language in an indictment against David Russ who was charged in June with murdering Madeleine Leinen was modified to include strangulation as the manner of death.

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