MARTINEZ -- Six people are headed to trial on murder and gang charges in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old Oakley boy at an Antioch house party last year, a prosecutor said.
Five of the defendants in the Aug. 20 slaying of teenager Martin Navarro will be arraigned Monday on a felony indictment charging them with murder for the benefit of a criminal street gang, and gang and gun enhancements. A sixth defendant, 17-year-old Carlos Guzman, was held to answer on the same charges at a preliminary hearing and is scheduled for trial in November.
A Contra Costa grand jury on June 1 handed down the indictment against 19-year-olds Tony Dewayne Martin and Ricky Angelo Mendoza, 20-year-old Leon John Moreno, 22-year-old Christopher Michael Donaldson, and 18-year-old Jessica Maria Juarez, according to deputy district attorney Danielle Douglas. Two of the defendants were minors at the time of the killing but are being prosecuted as adults.
Juarez, Navarro's ex-girlfriend and Guzman's current girlfriend, was charged with being an accessory after the fact before the grand jury found enough evidence to indict her for murder, Douglas said.
Navarro was allegedly killed at Guzman's direction while Guzman was at a San Francisco 49ers game, because Navarro had ties to the group's rival gang.
"(The victim) told Jessica that Carlos Guzman was cheating on her and Carlos Guzman was upset about that," Douglas said. "(Juarez) is the one who identified the
Mendoza, Martin, Moreno and Donaldson had crashed the house party, an 18th birthday celebration for twin boys with no gang ties, while Navarro was there with an invited guest. The young men jumped Navarro before shooting him dead, Douglas said.ã½½
All of the defendants except for Juarez and Guzman were also indicted on attempted murder charges in the shooting of a 17-year-old girl wounded in the shoulder as she tried to leave the party. Martin is also charged with murder and robbery in a separate case involving the Aug. 28 killing of a 27-year-old man at a Concord park. ã½½
All the male defendants are being jailed without bail; Juarez is being held in lieu of $1.5 million bail. Her attorney says that she has been wrongly charged and will argue Monday for her release.
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