Murder trial scheduled in 2007 west Modesto shooting

A judge has scheduled a trial to start next year for two defendants charged with murder in the shooting of a French Camp man found in a west Modesto field about seven years ago.

Authorities say Sebastian Loncaric and Kenneth McWilliam are responsible for the death of 30-year-old Hector Ocegueda Jr.

Loncaric, 37, and McWilliam, 40, also are charged with attempted robbery in connection with Ocegueda’s death.

Charges have since been dropped against three other men initially arrested and charged with the man’s shooting.

The trial for Loncaric and McWilliam has been scheduled to start Sept. 15, 2015 in Stanislaus Superior Court. Both defendants remain in custody.

The man’s body was found on Nov. 25, 2007. About 10:30 p.m., a witness called 911 after hearing gunshots and a car crash through a chain-link fence at a field south of Hancock and John streets, just west of Bellenita Park, Stanislaus County sheriff’s officials said at the time.

Deputies found Ocegueda in a car. He died from a gunshot wound to the upper torso. It was unclear to investigators at the time whether Ocegueda was shot while inside his car at the field, or whether he was shot somewhere else and then drove away before crashing into the field.