Court hearing held for Hotchkiss murder suspect

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DELTA, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- Edgar Macias-Moreno appeared via teleconference from the Delta County Jail Wednesday for a hearing on charges he's facing in the death of his girlfriend.

Investigators say Macias-Moreno admitted to strangling his girlfriend, Madeline Loh, in their home last month near Hotchkiss after a physical fight over money owed to their former employer.

The hearing was brief and set a formal preliminary hearing for August 1.

Macias-Moreno did not speak but his best friend did after the hearing.

"I wake up every morning saying it's a lie," said Val Entecampos. "It's not true, I can't believe what's going on."

Entecampos worked with Loh and Macias-Moreno, and described Loh as always happy, and Macias-Moreno as a popular athlete.

He says this isn't the Edgar he knew.

"He just got mixed up with drugs," Entecampos said. "It's a good lesson to learn what's happening right here."

Entecampos said he will continue to support his friend, but wants to know what went through Macias-Moreno's head when he killed Loh.

Macias-Moreno is being held in the Delta County Jail on a $10 million bond for charges including first-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping, motor vehicle theft and identity theft.

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