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Melendez case put on hold due to mix-up

LAWTON, Okla._A Lawton man charged with intimidating a state witness in a murder trial was in court Monday to plead guilty, but a mix-up forced a delay.

Carlos Melendez-Salazar was also planning to plead guilty to a drug charge when things stalled. The state wasn't able to tell the judge whether the witness had allegedly intimidated was told about the sentence recommended with his plea. Without being certain, Judge Keith Aycock did not want to finish up with the sentencing.

Melendez had already finished with the sentencing for another felony case which was supposed to run concurrently with the intimidation charge; the other case involved 6 charges, the biggest being possession of meth after being a convicted felon. He had pled guilty to all of the charges and had already been sentenced to 20 years, 10 behind bars and more than $4,000 in fines that will all remain pending now. 

It does not seem like it will take too long, Judge Aycock made it a point that the intimidated witness will be notified about the plea and given his opportunity to appear in court as soon as Tuesday. Melendez is also a material witness in the Kenneth Nobles murder trial. Nobles is accused of killing Jonathan Shepherd back in May 2013.

Melendez has already been convicted of four other felonies.

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