Suspects in Stephanie Nicole's slay cleared

Posted at 01/03/13 7:33 PM

MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATE) – Four persons, including an ex-military personnel, suspected of firing the gun that killed 7-year-old Stephanie Nicole Ella were arrested by authorities on Thursday.

One of the suspects was identified as Juan Agos, a resident of Malaria, Caloocan City.

Agos, an ex-military man, admitted to discharging his firearm during New Year’s Eve.

Agos said he was drinking with his friends on December 31 when he decided to fire his weapon into the air.

One of the suspects arrested, who was allegedly with Agos on New Year’s Eve, was a barangay tanod.

However, tests showed that the slug recovered from Ella’s body did not match the slug in Agos’s gun, according to Rimas Calixto at the Caloocan City Police.

Calixto said Agos and 3 others are no longer suspects in the case.

But Calixto noted that the group is still facing charges of illegal discharge of firearm.

Ella slipped into a coma after she was hit in the head while watching fireworks outside her home in Caloocan.

She died on Wednesday at the East Avenue Medical Center after suffering 8 cardiac arrests. -- Report from Atom Araullo, ABS-CBN News