A judge on Friday rescheduled a trial to start June 3 for two men accused of murder in the shooting deaths of a boy and a man three years ago at a home in Modesto’s La Loma neighborhood.
Authorities believe Aaron Aguilera, 35, and Randy Sifuentez, 24, are responsible for the July 28, 2009 shooting deaths of Epifanio Ramirez Jr., 10, and Jason Cyphers, 29, in the 100 block of Santa Barbara Avenue. The boy was hit by a stray bullet that went through a wall and struck him in the head.
The trial is expected to last at least 3 months. Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Marie Silveira scheduled the defendants to return to court March 26 for another pretrial hearing.
If convicted, Aguilera and Sifuentez each face a sentence of life in prison without parole. Authorities have said that gang retaliation was the motive behind the shooting.
An April 15 preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Joe Luis Ramirez, the third defendant charged with murder in the 2009 shooting. At the conclusion of Ramirez’s hearing, the judge will determine whether there is enough evidence for his case to proceed to trial.