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South Gate high school stabbing suspect appears in court

October 04, 2011|By Sam Quinones | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Arraignment was postponed Tuesday for a South Gate high school student accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death on campus.

Abraham Lopez, an 18-year-old senior at South East High School, appeared in a Downey courthouse Tuesday to have his arraignment rescheduled for Oct. 25.

He remained in custody in lieu of $1.26-million bail.

Lopez was stoic throughout the court proceeding, turning a few times to look at friends, relatives and his mother, who sobbed quietly in the back.

He is accused of killing senior Cindi Santana, 17, last Friday during lunch hour.

If convicted, he would face a maximum sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole.

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