MODESTO — An arraignment for seven men indicted on murder charges by a criminal grand jury was postponed for a third time Monday.
Richard Garcia, Armando Osegueda, Joseph Luis Jauriqui, Ricky Javier Madrigal, Robert Palomino, Juan Jose Nila and Jose Osegueda Jr. were indicted in December on three counts of premeditated murder, first-degree burglary and participating in a criminal street gang. They are accused of participating in the March 3, 2012, killings of 16-year-old David Siebels, 19-year-old Alyxandria Tellez and 31-year- old Edward Joseph Reinig in a home on McClure Road across from Creekside Golf Course.
The slayings, authorities say, are connected to the torture of a 19-year-old woman about a month before the murders. That woman later was the only survivor in the attack in the McClure Road home.
Garcia, Armando Osegueda and Jauriqui will face the death penalty. If convicted, the four other defendants face a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole.
Defense attorneys asked that the arraignment be postponed again because only Garcia's defense attorney, Stephen Foley, received a copy of the grand jury transcripts. He and Madrigal's attorney Mary Lynn Belsher plan to file a demurrer motion that challenges the indictment, but Belsher hasn't had time to review the transcripts. She and the other attorneys were told they'd have the transcripts by the end of the day Monday.
The arraignment was postponed to June 19 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 9. A demurrer hearing is anticipated for that date.