Trial postponed in gang homicide

April 4, 2014 

A judge on Thursday rescheduled a trial to start Aug. 4 for seven defendants indicted on a murder charge in connection with the death of a 20-year-old man last year in north Mo- desto. Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Thomas Zeff postponed the trial because one of the defendants has been assigned a new attorney. Initially, the trial was scheduled to start June 2. The attack on Erick Gomez occurred Feb. 14, 2013, 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. The defendants also have been charged with criminal conspiracy with enhancements alleging they committed the murder for the benefit of the Sureño street gang and used a firearm, which could lengthen their sentences if convicted. Dalia Mendoza is being prosecuted separately and is scheduled to return to court Sept. 29. Barocio, the suspected gunman, remains a fugitive.

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