SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two alleged gang members charged with murder in the Halloween 2007 retaliation killing of a Skyline resident will stand trial in March, a judge ruled Thursday.
Rafael Meraz, 19, and Michael Jay Aguon, 23, are accused in the death of 32-year-old Vidal Balderas Jr.
Meraz was a juvenile at the time of the murder but is being prosecuted as an adult.
Both defendants face 50 years to life behind bars if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Christopher Lawson.
The victim was shot six times as he returned to his Coolwater Drive home from taking his daughter trick-or-treating on Oct. 31, 2007.
A confidential informant testified during a preliminary hearing that Aguon bragged about the murder two days after Balderas was killed.
The woman testified that Aguon said that he and two "homeboys" went to the victim's home seeking revenge for an incident 10 days earlier in which Meraz was beat up and had a gun taken away by Balderas after the defendants shouted and flashed gang signs at the victim and his brother.
A status conference is set for Jan. 11 and trial for March 7.
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News 8's Chief Meteorologist Matt Baylow traveled to Wyoming to see the Great American Eclipse. He had one of the best view points in the nation with clear skies and temperatures in the low 80's.
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Thousands of San Diegans enjoyed viewing Monday's solar eclipse at events around the city as 57 percent of the sun was blocked by the moon.
If you're planning on watching Monday's solar eclipse you'll need to head east as morning clouds along the coast will likely block those near the beaches from seeing the celestial event.
San Diego Gas & Electric officials said they expect to lose about 500 megawatts of solar energy production during Monday's eclipse, but they expect to have enough power on hand to meet demand.
People across the country are getting ready to view an historic solar eclipse. News 8's Chief Meteorologist Matt Baylow headed to a small town in Wyoming to view it and brings us the story.