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Men accused of Brookside double murders appear in court

ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. -

The two men accused of killing Jose Nava -Orozco and Marco Carmona-Gonzalez in the early morning hours of March 13 appeared in court Thursday morning.

Luis Rivas, 19, and Diego Ramos, 22, are each charged with two counts of murder.

Deputy Prosecutor Vicki Becker told Judge Biddlecome the state wants to try Rivas and Ramos together.

Rivas appeared first and he pleaded not guilty.

Rivas is facing two counts of murder and if convicted he could face 45-65 years in prison, life without parole, or the death penalty.

Rivas will be back in court April 21 for a status hearing.

Ramos appeared after Rivas.

Ramos is also facing two counts of murder and if convicted he could face 45-65 years in prison, life without parole, or the death penalty.

He currently does not have an attorney, but says he plans to get one.

Ramos does not have a social security number because he is undocumented. He told the judge he is out on bond from being in US Immigration and Custom Enforcement custody.

He entered a preliminary not guilty plea.

The prosecution asked the judge to request DNA samples from Ramos and Ramos agreed to provide DNA.

Ramos will be in court again April 9. If he does not have an attorney, one will be appointed.

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