Teen Enters Plea in Rockford Murder Case


A 17 year-old accused in the shooting death of another teen says she didn’t do it.

Melissa Alvarez pled not guilty during her arraignment hearing Thursday morning.  She’s charged with 17 year-old Manual Ruvalcaba’s murder.

Ruvalcaba was shot and killed during a home invasion in the 4600 block of Mannheim back in June.  Investigators don’t believe Alvarez pulled the trigger.  But, state law mandates she be charged with murder since a crime was taking place.

She’s due back in court in two weeks.

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