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The State

A San Jose man who had feuded with a neighbor for the last two years was being held on charges he used a handgun to settle the dispute. Rafael Perez, 44, was arrested after police found the body of Jose Alejo, 36, in the side yard of a house. He had been shot several times. The men had been neighbors for several years, San Jose Police Sgt. Peter Graves said, and had been known to dislike one another intensely. “There were some differences of opinion” between them, Graves said. Alejo, a father of three, was a janitor who spent much of his time working on five cars parked in his driveway and side yard. Perez is an unemployed laborer. Police said Alejo had accused Perez of damaging one of his automobiles.


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