EL CAJON (CNS) - A man accused in three gang-related killings -- including the shooting death of a 20-year-old man who was discovered under a bridge in Alpine -- must stand trial on murder and conspiracy charges, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Jose Luis Valdez, 31, is charged in the shooting deaths of Joseph Medina in Chula Vista in December 2002 and Francisco Chaires in National City on July 6, 2003.
Valdez and 31-year-old fellow gang member John Reyna are charged in the death of Daniel Rodriguez.
Sheriff's officials said Rodriguez was shot in the head and left under a bridge at Interstate 8 and Tavern Road on Oct. 13, 2005, and died three days later.
Following a preliminary hearing, El Cajon Superior Court Judge John Thompson determined that enough evidence was presented for Valdez and Reyna to stand trial.
A brief prepared by Deputy District Attorney David Grapilon alleges Valdez was the gunman in all three murders and the prosecution's main witness, Daniel Mascareno, was the driver in all three killings,
Mascareno signed on as a cooperating witness in 2007 and participated in a number of undercover recording operations with law enforcement targeting the defendants, Grapilon said.
Valdez, Reyna and Rashad Lansing, 34, were arrested last Sept. 19 and Lansing subsequently pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
A Superior Court arraignment was set for July 29.
A man who was drunk when he drove off in an ambulance from Scripps Mercy Hospital with two patients inside was sentenced Thursday to four years in state prison.
Police in San Diego's Tierrasanta neighborhood were on the lookout Thursday for a man suspected of following a 12-year-old girl even after she confronted him and told him to stop.
The fight continues over how to dispose of the nuclear waste from the now shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant.
The CBS News 8 Crimefighters are helping authorities in a manhunt looking for Rosendo Castillo Gomez. If you have information call CrimeStoppers at (888) 580-TIPS. A reward is being offered for his arrest and remember you can make a tip and still remain anonymous.
Dinelson Lamet overpowered the Mets in his major league debut, New York's Rafael Montero labored on short notice and the San Diego Padres won 4-3 on a rainy Thursday night.
Six parents have sued the San Diego school district, alleging that its anti-Islamophobia campaign favors Islam over other religions and grants special protections to Muslim students.
The U.S. Postal Service honored the oldest living Pearl Harbor survivor. On Thursday dozens gathered in Poway to celebrate Ray Chavez who turned 105-years old in March. The special birthday bash included a cake and toasts from local leaders.
New video gives a first look at a violent standoff between San Diego Police and a domestic violence suspect.