CHULA VISTA (CNS) - Testimony got under way Monday in the preliminary hearing for two reputed gang members accused of killing a developmentally disabled man in Lincoln Acres last year strictly for the thrill of it.
Humberto Emanuel Galvez, 19, and Juan Ignacio Gomez, 21, are charged with murder in the slaying of 21-year-old Jordan Hickey on April 29, 2011. The defendants also face allegations of gun use and gang involvement, according to Deputy District Attorney David Grapilon.
Sheriff's deputies responding to a report of gunfire found Hickey mortally wounded near his bicycle on a sidewalk alongside Grove Street, a few blocks from his home in National City. He died at the scene.
"These two defendants were driving around, essentially looking for someone to shoot," Grapilon alleged at the defendants' arraignment earlier this year. "They'd armed themselves with a shotgun."
Galvez and Gomez happened to pull alongside Hickey, who they didn't appear to know, the prosecutor said. They fired "for the thrill of it," he alleged.
The defendants were arrested in March of this year.
South Bay Superior Court Judge Francis Devaney will decide at the conclusion of the preliminary hearing whether enough evidence was presented for the defendants to stand trial. If convicted, Galvez and Gomez each face 64 years to life in prison.
Five people were injured in a three-car crash in the Rolando area on Sunday after an apparent road-rage incident. It happened about 1:30 p.m. on University Avenue at College Avenue, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
Another successful Comic-Con is in the books. The four-day pop culture convention came to an end Sunday, but even in its final hours was packed with things to see and do.
Vince Velasquez allowed two hits over seven innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 5-0 Sunday for a doubleheader split.
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for San Diego County inland valleys, mountains, and deserts. The warning is valid for Monday morning through Thursday evening
A man stole a brand-new luxury car out of a Kearny Mesa dealership's lot and led police on a lengthy chase down San Diego freeways on Sunday.
San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing and so is the superhero-themed fashion! Celebrities like Sarah Paulson, Sonequa Martin-Green and Camila Mendes, among many other stylish ladies, rocked a bevy of leather, nylon and pleather to attend the annual comic book convention.
Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who died Saturday morning on a sidewalk in Old Town.
A suspected drunk driver was shot by sheriff's deputies after leading them on a pursuit across North County freeways Friday night, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.