SAN BERNARDINO – Three men, accused in a 2011 deadly shooting that killed two teenagers and wounded two others, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday.
Jose Ramon Lara, 29, John David Salazar, 23, and Anthony Legaspi, 19, appeared in San Bernardino Superior Court Dept. S17 to enter their pleas in the Jan. 5 shooting deaths that claimed the lives of Quinn McCaleb, 17, and Andrew Jackson, 16. Authorities said in court that all three suspects are members of a local gang.
It took well over a year for investigators to make the arrests in the shooting that took place at the Cinnamon Creek Apartments in Redlands. The three were finally arrested in February 2012. The two other wounded teenagers, including Jordan James Howard, recovered from their wounds, while a fifth possible victim escaped injury.
Quinn McCaleb and Andrew Jackson were both juniors at Redlands High School, which is located less than a mile from the shooting scene. McCaleb was found dead at the scene while Jackson died later from his injuries at Loma Linda University Medical Center.
Investigators are claiming that Legaspi, who was a juvenile at the time of the murders, was the sole shooter. He is being charged as an adult. Both Legaspi and Salazar are charged with first degree murder with special allegations. Lara is being charged with accessory after the fact to first degree murder.
On Jan. 5, reports said the five teenagers had walked to a playground area at the apartment complex and were ambushed. Investigators were never able to locate the gun used in the shooting, witnesses having claimed that it was taken to a nearby desert area and buried. The three defendants will next appear in court on May 17 for pre-trial hearings.
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