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Court Upholds Charges For Teacher's Killers

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The appeal for a new trial was denied Tuesday in Spokane by the Court of appeals. Jordan Castillo and Robert Suarez were found guilty of the murder of 44-year-old Bob Mars back in 2004.  

The Benton County Prosecutor says once the men were convicted there was the chance for an automatic appeal. The defense was making technical attacks on the conviction, but the court has found there was enough evidence to uphold the charges.

Mars was a teacher and coach at Ki-Be Middle School, and a man who touched the lives of many in that community.

"It's nice for bob's two young sons to know that the system worked and the men who killed their father are being held accountable," said Andy Miller, Benton County Prosecutor.

The Benton County prosecutor also says he's glad the family doesn't have to go through a second trial. Castillo and Suarez have been charged with first degree felony murder.

Both men were sentenced to more than 25 years in prison. Defense attorneys can make one more appeal to the State Supreme Court, but for now prosecutors are glad justice is being served.

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