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Judge rejects Sodus murder suspect’s plea for new attorney

The man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and her 14-month-old son — and burying their bodies on a Sodus farm — will not be getting a new attorney.

On Thursday in Wayne County Court, Judge John Nesbitt denied Alberto Reyes’ request to replace his lawyer, Public Defender Andy Correia.

During a court appearance last week, Reyes asked for an attorney from the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office. That would have delayed hearings in the case scheduled for later this month, and likely affected the June trial date as well.

“There are no grounds to warrant a change in counsel at this stage in the proceedings,” Nesbitt said.

Reyes, 26, faces two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of tampering with physical evidence in the deaths of Selena Hidalgo-Calderon, 18, and her son, Owen Hidalgo-Calderon.

Reyes was arrested after a six-month investigation and search that began last May, when Selena and Owen were reported missing from the Joy Road farm where Reyes and Selena were migrant farmworkers. Selena’s remains were found later that month in a shallow grave.

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