Court Roundup: Alleged mall shooter in court, dog fighting ruling delayed
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Mall shooting arraignment to resume today

MANTECA — The arraignment of Lorenzo Hotel of Tracy on Wednesday in Manteca court was delayed two days at the request of his attorney.

Hotel, 18, is accused of shooting into the West Valley Mall on Dec. 20. He was arrested and jailed Feb. 14 for three counts of premeditated attempted murder.

Judge Ron Northup said he had received a letter from Hotel’s attorney, James Giller, asking to delay his further arraignment and bail-review hearing until today.

The hearing will resume at 8:30 a.m. today in Manteca court. Hotel remains in San Joaquin County Jail.

Dog fighting ruling delayed by two weeks

MANTECA — Three Tracy residents are still awaiting a court ruling on dog fighting charges, which was delayed Wednesday after one of the defense attorneys filed a motion to question a charge against his client in the Manteca branch of San Joaquin County Superior Court.

Accused of aiding and permitting dogfights and training dogs to fight are Kenneth Baldwin, 35, Gracie Baldwin, 36, and Luther Brewer, 49.

In addition to the dog fighting charges, Kenneth Baldwin and Gracie Baldwin, who are married, are accused of being present at dogfights, cultivating marijuana and possessing hash oil.

Gracie Baldwin is also accused of being a felon in possession of ammunition, and Brewer is accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Brewer’s attorney, Jessie Garcia, filed a motion Wednesday that questioned the firearm and ammunition charge. Because the motion was entered late, Judge Ron Northup rescheduled the hearing to let Deputy District Attorney Ron Indran review the new information.

Northup said he had been ready to rule based on the testimony heard during the first two days of the preliminary hearing, Nov. 8 and Jan. 8.

The hearing will continue at 8:30 a.m. March 12. All three defendants are out of jail on bail.

Teacher’s sentencing rescheduled

STOCKTON — The sentencing of a Traina School fourth-grade teacher who pleaded guilty to child molestation was pushed back five weeks Friday in San Joaquin County Superior Court.

Darrel James Golden, 60, pleaded guilty Dec. 20 to four counts of lewd acts upon a child as part of a plea bargain with the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office.

Golden, who is still in custody at San Joaquin County Jail, was supposed to be sentenced Friday but Judge Franklin Stephenson said there was a miscommunication about the date. He rescheduled the sentencing at 1:30 p.m. March 28 in Department 35 at the Stockton courthouse.

The sentence is expected to be 14 years in state prison, according to Deputy District Attorney Elton Grau, who was not present at Friday’s hearing.

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