Trial delayed in 2015 slaying of Merced taxicab driver

Joseph E. Castrillo, 20, has pleaded not guilty to murder in connection with the Jan. 5, 2015, slaying of 59-year-old Dean Barker, a driver for the Merced Taxicab Co. and a former Dos Palos police officer. Barker was shot and killed in the front seat of his cab in the 300 block of Mimi Lane, according to the Merced Police Department.

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Jasmine Xiong and Alondra Ponce on Atwater's win

The Atwater senior duo of Jasmine Xiong and Alondra Ponce scored 22 of the Falcons 33 second-half points in a 55-44 victory over Buhach Colony. (Sean Lynch/slynch@mercedsunstar.com).
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Jasmine Xiong and Alondra Ponce on Atwater's win 3:08

Jasmine Xiong and Alondra Ponce on Atwater's win

Atwater rallies to beat Buhach 2:07

Atwater rallies to beat Buhach

Make-A-Wish Foundation grants Merced teen's wish to meet 1:50

Make-A-Wish Foundation grants Merced teen's wish to meet "Weird Al" Yankovic

Atwater High's Valencia Twins 2:48

Atwater High's Valencia Twins

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