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May 29, 2014

Three men indicted in bar worker death

Three Dalton men were indicted Thursday for the March murder of a bar employee and the attempted murder of another man.

A Whitfield County grand jury indicted Orlando Ramirez, 20, Fernando Antonio Resendiz, 21, and Jovencio Vega-Garcia, 20, all of Dalton, for the murder of Bruno Rodriguez and the attempted murder of Daniel Maldonado-Flores.

They also face charges of aggravated assault and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime. Resendiz and Vega-Garcia were also charged with hindering apprehension of a criminal and false statements.

The charges stem from a shooting at the Bar Las Delicias on East Morris Street in Dalton on March 23.

Ramirez, Resendiz and Vega-Garcia will be arraigned on Aug. 7 before Superior Court Judge William T. Boyett. All three remain in the custody of the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office without bond.

The indictment was returned in open court late Thursday afternoon so a copy was not immediately available.

Ramirez, who officials say was a gang member, had been charged with homicide and two counts of aggravated assault for the shooting death of Rodriguez, a 28-year-old security guard at Las Delicias, early in the morning of March 23, and for shooting a second security guard in the neck and leg.

Resendiz and Vega-Garcia had been charged as accessories to the crimes at Las Delicias. Officials said Vega-Garcia got back inside a car parked in front of the building during the shootings, and Resendiz pulled away in the car before circling back to pick up Ramirez.

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