Stephen Andrew Carreiro, of Tracy, was indicted Monday, Oct. 31, by a San Joaquin County Superior Court grand jury on felony charges of first-degree murder, elder abuse and resisting arrest.
Carreiro allegedly attacked 62-year-old Lalitaben Patel and a second woman on July 7 at the 639 W. 11th St. motel at around 7:10 p.m.
The murder charge has four enhancements — rape, burglary, sodomy and rape with a foreign object — while the charge of elder abuse has an enhancement of committing a violent crime against a vulnerable person.
Enhancements are different crimes allegedly committed during the homicide and they will allow prosecutors to seek life in prison for Carreiro.
Deputy District Attorney Thomas Testa said he will notify the court during a hearing in Stockton on Wednesday that his office will not seek the death penalty against Carreiro.
San Joaquin County District Attorney James Willett decides which cases will be prosecuted with the death penalty as an option, according to Testa.
On Friday, Nov. 2, Testa said that the decision was made after “considering the wishes of the (victim’s) family,” and because Carriero has no prior felony convictions, his young age and the mental condition post traumatic stress disorder from which he suffers.
“We are still going to seek the maximum punishment for the crime which will be life without parole,” Testa said.
Carriero is being represented by Andrew Quinn, a court-appointed public defender.
According to police reports, when officers arrived, they located and arrested Carreiro following an alleged struggle. Officers then found the victim "adjacent to the office of the motel.”
Patel was pronounced dead at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital at 8:17 p.m., according to Tracy police reports.
Carreiro was taken to Sutter Tracy and treated for undisclosed injuries the night of the alleged attack and was transported to San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp the morning of July 8.
He is scheduled to appear in San Joaquin County Superior Court in Stockton on Wednesday at 9 a.m. in Department 23.
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