Lawyer may challenge ruling in Modesto park homicide

local@modbee.comAugust 22, 2013 

— A defense attorney on Thursday told a judge he might challenge her ruling in the case of three defendants who have been ordered to stand trial in the stabbing of a teenager killed during a botched robbery at an east Modesto park.

Taylor Koplen, Jacob Segura and Juan Garcia are charged with murder in the death of 18-year-old Tylor Crippen on Jan. 29 at Creekwood Park. Mark Sullivan, Segura's attorney, told the judge he needed time to review the charges because it's possible he'll file a motion to challenge the ruling that orders the defendants to stand trial.

Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Dawna Reeves has ruled that the defendants also must face charges of robbery and two counts of attempted robbery, along with enhancements of committing the crimes for the benefit of the Norteño street gang.

The defendants' arraignment hearing was postponed until Tuesday, so they did not enter a plea Thursday morning. Koplen, Segura and Garcia remain in custody as they await their trial.

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