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Jury selection begins in gang shooting

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Jury selection was scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of two documented gang members accused in the fatal shooting of a young man, after challenging him and a friend in August 2009 in Bay Terraces.

Darren Roy Martinez, 22, and Hector Martinez, 18, are each charged with first-degree murder and other crimes in the Aug. 21, 2009 death of Guillermo Esparza.

The 18-year-old victim was gunned down about 2:15 a.m. as he and a friend walked along the 7300 block of Paradise Valley Road, according to testimony during the defendant's 1 1/2-day preliminary hearing.

Though their last names are the same, the defendants are not related.

In addition to murder, each defendant also faces gun and gang allegations, and the older of the two is also charged with three counts of assault for allegedly stabbing one person and beating two others at a taco shop on Sept. 1, 2009.

Darren Martinez faces 55 years to life if convicted of all charges, while Hector Martinez faces 50 years to life in prison. Hector Martinez was 17 at the time of the fatal shooting, but is charged as an adult.

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