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The Merced man accused of kidnapping and killing a family was charged Monday with four counts of first-degree murder for each life lost, prosecutors announced.
The Merced County district attorney’s office said in a press release that it will not make a determination this year on whether to pursue the death penalty in the case of Jesus Manuel Salgado, 48, who is accused of abducting an 8-month-old girl and her parents as well as her uncle, from their trucking business off South Highway 59 last week.
Dist. Atty. Kimberly Lewis declined to comment on the case beyond the charges. Salgado is set to be arraigned Monday afternoon.
Salgado was charged in the deaths of Jasdeep Singh, 36; his wife, Jasleen Kaur, 27; their 8-month-old daughter, Aroohi Dheri; and Singh’s brother, Amandeep Singh, 39.