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Hearing reaches no decision yet in Zarate retrial request

Thursday, March 8, 2001

A judge has not decided whether to grant a new trial to Rene Zarate, 17, after his attorneys filed a motion for a new trial last week.

A hearing on the motion for a new trial was held Tuesday at the Buena Vista County Courthouse, but was continued indefinitely.

Zarate, 17, of Storm Lake was found guilty by a Buena Vista County jury last month in the 1999 stabbing death of Jorge Ramos, 47, of Storm Lake.

Zarate was found guilty of first-degree murder, which carries a life sentence without parole. His sentencing is delayed until a ruling is made on the new trail motion.