Shooting suspect given attorney
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
May 02, 2013 | 6994 views | 13 13 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MANTECA — A judge appointed an attorney for a Lathrop man accused of shooting a 17-year-old Tracy girl during an arraignment in San Joaquin County Superior Court on Thursday, May 2.

Angelo Alex Abila, 19, is charged with attempted murder, intentional and personal discharge of a firearm, assault with a firearm on a person and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He also faces an enhancement of inflicting great bodily injury.

According to Tracy police, Abila allegedly shot 17-year-old Nikki Mello the evening of March 16 during a party at the girl’s house on the 2800 block of Redbridge Road.

The girl was struck once in the back, and the bullet remains lodged in her left lung.

Judge Ron Northup appointed attorney John Casenave to represent Abila until his next hearing at 8:30 a.m. May 10.

According to prosecutor Donald Vaughn, Abila told the court he was in the process of hiring his own attorney.

Vaughn called the case a “very serious crime” and said Abila could face life in prison if found guilty.

Abila is being held at San Joaquin County Jail without bail.

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

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I_said_it
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May 07, 2013
I'm confused as to what the shaved line in the eyebrow means. I've seen several "thugs" have it. I'm just wondering if it signifies something.
Sneaky
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May 07, 2013
As far as I know it only means something like "I am a complete retard who belongs in jail".
LuckyInTracyNot
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May 07, 2013
Everybody in this world has issues, just suck them up and move on in life. Don't bother people and keep smiling BUT it is people like these that irks the hell out of us. Nobody really gives a rattsa@s about your emotional problems unless they effect others. Nobody deserves to be shot but what do you expect when you have moronic idiots over at a late night unsupervised party with drugs and alcohol and you all act like morons. Maybe the bullet in her lung will slow down her fighting. Things happen for a reason.
LuckyInTracyNot
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May 07, 2013
Brutal Beauty: Nikki

Yvette says her 16-year-old daughter, Nikki, is completely out of control. She says Nikki parties all night, sleeps all day and fights with everyone. “I have zero control over Nikki. I feel helpless,” she says. “I have three children. She’s the only one that will just not listen.” Yvette says Nikki got into her first fight in the 8th grade, and has been arrested monthly since.She says that despite the arrests — and even threatening a drive-by shooting last week — the police have been unwilling to take further action. Yvette blames Nikki’s behavior on her marijuana and alcohol abuse, and says she knows Nikki is now selling drugs too.

Nikki proudly brags that she’s been in countless fights and has beaten up her sister, an ex-boyfriend, friends, and even perfect strangers — and posts the fight footage on Facebook and YouTube. “I like to get it handled at the time so I don’t have to go back and fight that person again,” she says. Nikki admits fighting is a stress-reliever and when she fights, she says she blacks out. She also admits to drinking and smoking marijuana every day. “I love to party,” she says. But Nikki also says she’s embarrassed about her behavior and is ready to grow up. Dr. Phil goes deep into Nikki’s past and reveals how the death of her father, when she was 6 years old, could be why she’s acting out.

victor_jm
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May 07, 2013
"Dr. Phil goes deep into Nikki’s past and reveals how the death of her father, when she was 6 years old, could be why she’s acting out."

Really?

This is bogus pop-psychology.

LuckyInTracyNot
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May 07, 2013
http://drphil.com/shows/show/1876/

Yes, that is her that was on Dr. Phil last year. Cut and paste this to your browser and this is the episode.

As she walks out of her house, you'll notice its the exact house in Redbridge that the wild party was at.

Kewpiedoll
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May 03, 2013
Is Nikki Mello the same "out of control teen" that was on Dr. Phil last year?? Just curious.
Kewpiedoll
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May 03, 2013
And, had I read the previous stories and comments about this incident, I would have read that yes, she is the same girl. What a sad situation for everyone involved.
greataunt
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May 03, 2013
Nojustice4myson?? Really? are you his mother? You must be so proud. On his facebook page his mother is asking everyone to give him their love and support. Like this thug deserves anything. Where is the love and support for the little girl he shot? Glad to see some people are writing about the true bad person in this situation, not the victim and her mother. Sure, she's a typical stupid teenager and posts stupid remarks like every other teenager. This social media today is really messing with our kids. She's done nothing different than a million other kids. I haven't heard anyone complaining about her parties lately, so maybe she has decided to take the right road. Good for her if that is the case. I hope this thug gets everything he has coming and enjoys his time in the joint.
Workinhard123
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May 03, 2013
I hope this man pays for what he did. Nobody has the right to try & take the life of another & what kind of man shoots a girl in the back. Simply a coward.
advocate4tracykids
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May 02, 2013
That tattoo on his neck will help him fit right into jail. No need to look for a real job son. We know how "hard" it is in this economy for a thug to make an honest living. You are welcome for the 3 meals and a cot....hopefully for life.
Nojustice4myson
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May 03, 2013
What does a tattoo have to do with anything!!!
victor_jm
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May 07, 2013
Yes, I ask myself the same question, but frame it a bit differently? What is the point of a tattoo?

Body graffiti? Narcissism? Hubris? Fear? Insecurity?

I can't think of a good reason to have a tattoo.


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