Mall shooting suspect’s lawyer asks for delay
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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MANTECA — An Oakland-based attorney appeared in court Monday, Dec. 30, to represent Lorenzo Kiko Hotel, 18, of Tracy, on charges that he fired a gun into West Valley Mall on Dec. 20.

Hotel is charged with shooting at an inhabited dwelling.

Lawyer James Giller, hired by Hotel’s family, asked Judge Thomas Harrington for a two-week continuance in San Joaquin County Superior Court. He told the judge he needed time to review some evidence he received from Deputy District Attorney Ron Indran before Monday’s hearing.

The judge granted Giller’s request and scheduled a further arraignment hearing for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 14 in Manteca court.

According to Tracy police officials, Hotel fired several shots into the eastern entrance of the Naglee Road shopping center around 4:45 p.m. Dec. 20.

The bullets struck the entrance, shattering a glass door and an adjacent window. No one was reportedly injured.

Hotel was arrested around 7 a.m. Dec. 24 at a residence on the 800 block of Allegheny Court.

He was booked into San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp for the crimes of shooting at inhabited dwelling and premeditated attempted murder.

After Monday’s hearing, Indran said the district attorney’s office had decided not to file premeditated attempted murder charges against Hotel. He said the facts of the case had made that charge not viable.

“He was booked on it, not charged on it,” Indran said. “We do not think we can prove specific intent.”

Attending the hearing were more than 20 family members and friends of Hotel, who is a former Kimball High School student. They declined to speak about the case.

Hotel is being held in county jail on $250,000 bail.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

 
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