MODESTO — Three teenagers accused of murder in the stabbing of a robbery victim last month in a southeast Modesto park appeared briefly in court Wednesday morning.
Authorities say Jacob Segura, 18, Juan Garcia, 16, and Taylor Koplen, 17, are responsible for the death of 18-year-old Tylor Crippen, who was walking through Creekwood Park with his girlfriend Jan. 29 when he was attacked. The park is near Johansen High School.
The defendants have been charged with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted robbery, along with enhancements for committing a crime for the benefit of the Norteño street gang. They have pleaded not guilty.
Segura remains in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail and is being held without bail. Garcia and Koplen, who are minors and being prosecuted as adults, are in custody at Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall with their bail set at $10 million each.
Superior Court Judge Dawna Reeves scheduled the defendants to return to court Feb. 22 for another pretrial hearing.
Deputy District Attorney Marlisa Ferreira, who is prosecuting the case, told the judge she is awaiting a pathology report on the victim. She also is awaiting reports on what, if anything, was found while serving two search warrants recently.
Martin Baker, Koplen's defense attorney, asked the judge to review his client's bail during the next court hearing, which Reeves said she would do.
Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at email@example.com or (209) 578-2394.
See video below of suspects in court last week