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Alleged Concord couple charged for murder in death of woman’s husband

The Contra Costa County District Attorney is charging a Concord pair with murder for the death of the woman’s husband in January.

In a statement released Wednesday, the DA alleges Ismael Alvarez, 34, and Francesca Charlene Lopez, 44, were involved in a relationship when Felipe Dejesus Lopez was killed in his Concord home on Jan. 31.

The two are also accused of murdering the victim for financial gain and doing so in the course of a burglary, both special circumstance charges. Alvarez faces additional enhancement charges for a prior felony conviction in a 2019 attempted robbery.

Court records show that both suspects were due in court Wednesday morning: Alvarez for arraignment and Lopez for an appearance on a bench warrant.

According to Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office records as of Wednesday afternoon, both are in custody at the Martinez Detention Facility where Lopez is being held without bail and Alvarez has had bail set for $50,000. 

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