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.