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* Armando Ochoa charged with two counts of murder in San Jose of Rodolfo Escurial and Aproniano Siruno

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A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge ruled on Tuesday there is sufficient evidence to hold a San Jose man to stand trial in connection with the killing of two pedestrians near a San Jose park in 2008.Armando Ochoa, 47, is charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder for driving his white Chevrolet Suburban onto a sidewalk bordering Hillview Park and striking Rodolfo Escurial, 68, Aproniano Siruno, 71, and another man the morning of Sept. 14, 2008.At the conclusion of the defendant’s preliminary hearing in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Tuesday, which included testimony from four eyewitnesses and the surviving victim, Judge Vincent Chiarello set a May 24 arraignment date.Prosecutors allege that Ochoa had been drinking that morning and had fought with two groups of men at the park, threatening people and then speeding away in his sport utility vehicle.One witness reported to police that he saw the Suburban run a stop sign at Alfred and Berona ways and drive directly into the three victims, who were apparently taking an early morning stroll, police said.Siruno was pronounced dead at the scene, while Escurial and the third victim were taken to a hospital. Escurial died in October 2008 after being taken off of life support.Police found Ochoa after witnesses provided them with a license plate number, which led them to his residence. Ochoa was arriving home in a taxi after he had allegedly left his damaged Suburban at a light rail station.

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