Ruelas Brothers Update – Separate Trials For Alleged Killers

A memorial bench is at the crime scene.
Olinger Bench Offerings

A judge Thursday ruled there will be separate trials for Soledad brothers charged with the 1997 murder of Monterey High School student Kristopher Olinger, in part because one of the brothers allegedly confessed to the crime.

A jogger found Olinger’s body on the Pacific Grove Recreation Trail on Sept. 19, 1997, the morning after the 17-year-old set out to complete a late-night school photo assignment.

He was beaten and stabbed more than 24 times, and thrown over a cliff along the trail, before he dragged himself back to a turnout where he was found.

Ruelas Brothers Update – Separate Trials For Alleged Killers