Nine defendants held in a gang slaying that occurred last February 14, have been arraigned in the Stanislaus County Superior Court in Modesto on Monday. The attack involved at least 10 assailants who are suspected of beating, stabbing and shooting the victim, 20 year old Erick Gomez.
Of the 9 defendants, one refused to waive her right to a speedy trial, causing a preliminary hearing to be scheduled next week. Tom Brennan, the prosecutor in this case, is requesting a Grand Jury to expedite matters.
All nine defendants pleaded not guilty to the murder charges raised against them. The defendants are siblings, James Sebourn, 22, and Jenna Cheyenne Sebourn, 20, as well as Danny Leon Copeland, 56, Michael Terrill Sebourn, 53, Elida Carranza, 21, Lisandro Mendoza, 20, Jeanette Robles, 20, Nancy Rodriguez, 18, and Dalia Mendoza, 17, who is being tried as an adult.
Giovani Boracio, the gunman in the attack, is still at large and a $2,000,000 warrant has been issued for his arrest.
The victim was attacked at the 2400 Block of Vera Cruz drive in Modesto, just South of Floyd Avenue and East of Coffee Road.
According to investigators the attack was planned and executed by Sureño gang
members in search of a rival Norteño member in order to retaliate for a previous attack against the Sureños. At the time of the attack on Gomez they were purported to have shouted gang challenges before shooting the victim several times.
Modesto Bee: Modesto Killing Likely to go Before Grand Jury