MODESTO — A judge Wednesday continued an arraignment hearing for eight defendants indicted on a murder charge in connection with the death of a 20-year-old man last month in north Modesto.
Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Thomas Zeff postponed the arraignment until May 8 because some of the defense attorneys had not obtained a copy of the criminal grand jury transcript.
The attack on Erick Gomez occurred Feb. 14 on Vera Cruz Drive, near Coffee Road and Floyd Avenue. Court documents indicate that the killing was motivated by ongoing violence between Sureño and Norteño street gangs.
Those indicted are: Nancy Rodriguez, Jeanette Robles, Elida Carranza, Jenna Cheyenne Sebourn, Dalia Mendoza, Lisandro Mendoza, Jesse James Sebourn, Michael Terrill Sebourn and Giovani Barocio.
They also were charged with criminal conspiracy with enhancements saying they committed the murder for the benefit of the Sureño street gang and used a firearm, which could lengthen their sentences if convicted.
Barocio, the suspected gunman, remained a fugitive Wednesday.