Three men accused of gang raping an 18-year-old woman they met via one of their MySpace accounts must stand trial on aggravated kidnapping, sodomy, forcible rape and other charges, a judge ruled today.
Robert Melgoza and Brian Shippee, both 21, and Vincent Barnett Jr., 22, all face life in prison if convicted.
The victim first communicated with Barnett through MySpace on May 13, 2008, and agreed to meet him in person at Palomar College, according to testimony during a two-day preliminary hearing at the Vista Courthouse.
Barnett eventually invited the woman to a party, a sheriff's detective testified.
The detective said the victim and the defendants drank brandy at an industrial park and then went to a trailer in San Marcos, where the woman blacked out.
According to the detective, the defendants sexually assaulted the victim in an SUV and at an industrial park in Vista before leaving her there in the predawn hours of May 14, 2008.
Judge K. Michael Kirkman ordered the defendants to return to court May 19 for arraignment and to have a trial date set.
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