Three appear in court for Modesto homicide

etracy@modbee.comDecember 13, 2013 

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    Erin Tracy
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Three suspects charged with murder and attempted murder in connection with an apparently drug-related shooting in Modesto appeared in court for the first time Friday, including two teenagers who will be tried as adults.

Lamar Oldham, 23, Isaiah Stafford, 17, and Luisa Riley, 17, are accused of killing 19-year-old Damian Villavicencio behind the Velvet Creamery restaurant on McHenry Avenue on Wednesday evening.

The defendants also have been charged with the attempted murder of another 19-year-old man who was with Villavicencio when, witnesses say, they stumbled into the nearby McDonald’s bleeding and saying they had been shot.

A man who rendered cardiopulmonary resuscitation to Villavicencio said he was holding what looked to be about 2 ounces of marijuana when he came into the restaurant. The three defendants also have been charged with two counts of attempted robbery.

Oldham and Stafford face enhancements for allegedly discharging a firearm during the commission of the crimes and special circumstances for allegedly committing murder while in the commission of a robbery and lying in wait.

Riley’s enhancement to each charge is for possessing a firearm.

The enhancements can add time to a sentence if the defendants are convicted, but only the special circumstances against Oldham and Stafford make them eligible for the death penalty. Prosecutors did not mention in court Friday whether they will seek the death penalty.

The arraignment was continued without the defendants entering pleas, to allow time for attorneys to be assigned to each.

In the interim, Judge Ricardo Córdova set Riley’s bail at $1.25 million and maintained a no-bail status for Oldham and Riley.

The three will return to court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Department 8.

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