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Polk man held without bond on first-degree murder charge in Manatee case

MANATEE -- A Polk County man was ordered held without bond Friday after a judge found probable cause to charge him with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a man in East Manatee.

The body of Manuel Galindo-Oquendo, 32, of Mulberry, was found by a resident about 5:30 p.m. March 12 on the side of Davis Grade Road, several miles from State Road 62 near Duette in eastern Manatee County.

Investigators said Galindo-Oquendo had been shot and killed nearby before his body was dumped there.

Alex Kinchen, 17, and Odilon Vela-Mendez, 20, were each charged with second-degree murder March 19 by

the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Homicide Investigative Unit. A third defendant, Kayla Jordan, 19, was charged with being an accessory to murder by the Polk County Sheriff's Homicide Unit.

All three were arrested March 18 on unrelated charges.

On April 2, Kinchen was indicted and charged as an adult with first-degree murder.

Vela-Mendez was booked into the Manatee County jail Thursday after being transferred from the Polk County jail. He made his first appearance Friday afternoon before Circuit Judge Diana Moreland.

Moreland ordered Vela-Mendez held without bond and to have no contact with his co-defendants.

The State Attorney's Office is still reviewing Vela-Mendez's case to determine formal charges. A grand jury will be convened to bring first-degree murder charges.

Vela-Mendez's arrest history includes charges of lewd and lascivious molestation and sheltering a minor, according to the State Attorney's Office.

Kinchen is next scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. June 4 for a case management hearing.

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