ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — Three cross-country train hoppers accused of murdering a teen and leaving his body in a Roseville creek faced a judge on Tuesday.

When the three suspects appeared in front of a Placer County Judge, onlookers were surprised with how they acted in front of the judge.

Two of the suspects, Jules Clifford Carrillo and Edward Taylor Anauo, smiled and giggled to themselves in court on Tuesday. Sitting not far from them is 30-year-old Laura Lee Kenner.

Detectives say the three are cross-country freight train hoppers accused of murdering 19-year-old John Paul Alpert from Palmdale and leaving his body in a Roseville creek in March 2013.

Investigators say Alpert was on an adventure, train-hopping for the first time, when he was murdered.

They had a tough time identifying him.

“Initially we didn’t have any kind of identification on the victim and then through a missing person’s report and through an autopsy we were able to identify him,” said Roseville Police Lt. Cal Walstad.

Officers say they solved the murder mystery after speaking with those in the train-hopping community.

All three suspects were arrested in New Mexico earlier this year and extradited to California to face a judge.

They are being held without bail, and the case continues next week.


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