Son of state special agent charged in homicides

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Updated: 6/17/2014 6:52 am

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The 25-year-old son of a state Department of Justice special agent has been charged in the fatal shootings of two men in Central California last month.

The Fresno Bee reports Eloy Romero Jr. pleaded not guilty Monday to two counts of murder.

Romero was arrested June 11 while trying to escape out the back door of a home in the Fresno County city of Reedley.

He is suspected in the shooting deaths of 38-year-old Joseph Blunt of Santa Clara and 40-year-old George Duarte of Reedley.

Sheriff's officials initially reported that the two men were found dead from what seemed to be a car accident. But the coroner later said they actually had died of gunshot wounds.

The defendant's father is Eloy Romeo, who is the special agent in charge of the California Department of Justice in Fresno.

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