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Hearing for Russian in Cancun murder case moved to April

Cancun, Q.R. — A hearing for Aleksei Makeev in the death of a local man has been pushed to April by a Cancun judge.

Russian, Aleksei Makeev, was scheduled to be transferred from the Center for Social Reintegration of Chetumal to a court room in Cancun where prosecutors were going to request an abbreviated trial, however, Makeev did not attend the hearing.

Sources say judicial management from the Cancun court failed to notify authorities at the Center for Social Reintegration of Chetumal of the hearing.

Prosecutors were hoping for an abbreviated trial where Makeev would have plead guilty to the charges against him, but without his appearance, a Cancun judge has moved the date ahead into April.

In May of 2017, dozens of people from a neighborhood in which Makeev lived attacked him after they discovered numerous derogatory photos and videos posted online of the Russian mocking Mexicans.

During the altercation, Makeev stabbed a 20-year-old man as he reportedly tried to enter Makeev’s home. The young man died from his wounds.

Makeev was severely injured and hospitalized after the attack. He was arrested and sent to the Center for Social Reintegration in Chetumal where he’s been held for the past 10 months.

During this time, Makeev has undergone a psychological evaluation, however doctors say he does not suffer mental illness.

The control judge ordered another hearing for Makeev regarding the murder of a young man, which will be held sometime in April in a Cancun court room. If found guilty, he could face a minimum of 18 years in Mexican prison.