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Parents of suspect released without charges in Hemet backyard killing

December 8, 2009 | 12:00 pm

The parents of a 17-year-old boy wanted on suspicion of fatally shooting, burning and burying another teen in the backyard of the family's Hemet home have been released without being charged, authorities said today.

Maria and Jose Seym, the mother and stepfather of 17-year-old Jose Campos, were arrested Thursday for allegedly helping to cover up the killing of Adrian Rios, 17, last month.

Rios was last seen sometime around Nov. 15, when he went to watch a San Diego Chargers football game on TV at the Seyms' rented house on Bluejay Way. That night, neighbors reported smelling a fire burning in the backyard.

Hemet police executed a search warrant on the property two days later and found a shallow grave and burned body parts that were later identified as Rios' remains.

Campos' parents returned home while the fire was still burning, police said.

There were six other people at the house at the time, including three who are wanted in connection with the slaying: Campos; his girlfriend, Felicia Sharpe, 17; and Rene Lopez-Fregozo, 21. Another unidentified person also is being sought, police said.

All four were described by police as friends. Rios was a student at Hemet Community School, a facility for those expelled from other schools.

A spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney's office refused to explain why the Seyms were released Monday without being charged, citing the ongoing investigation. The spokesman, John Hall, did not rule out that they could be charged in the future.

-- Tony Barboza

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