By DAVE McMILLION
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A former Winchester, Va. man has pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in a 1992 arson in Martinsburg that killed another man, according to Berkeley County Circuit Court records.
Roberto Lopez, 24, faces between five and 18 years in prison for the charge, according to court records.
Elizar Romero, also known as Eleazer Peralta, died a day after the Dec. 30 blaze, according to court records.
The fire occurred in a four-unit apartment building at 126 South Raleigh Street. At least eight people who lived in the building were injured in the blaze, officials said.
A witness told officials that she saw a Mexican male run out of the apartment with his clothes on fire and jump into a car, according to court records. One of the occupants at the apartment building said three Mexican males had come to his apartment and were drinking beer.