STOCKTON — A Tracy man accused of trying to kill three people outside West Valley Mall will go to trial almost a year after the incident.
Lorenzo Kiko Hotel, 18, is charged with three counts of premeditated murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, and intentional and personal discharge of a firearm for the Dec. 20 incident.
At Hotel’s court hearing Friday in San Joaquin County Superior Court, Deputy District Attorney Robert Baysinger announced that he had just been assigned to handle the prosecution. The previous prosecutor, Mark Ott, was assigned to a new Stockton murder case.
During Friday’s hearing, Baysinger and Hotel’s attorney, James Giller, discussed possible dates for a trial. The attorneys agreed to begin the trial process by picking a jury at 8:15 a.m. Dec. 5 in Department 25.
Judge Franklin Stephenson asked Baysinger how long he thought the trial would take, and Baysinger said he wasn’t sure. Franklin set the trial for two weeks to reserve the time in the assigned courtroom.
Hotel is accused of shooting at two men and a toddler outside the eastern entrance of the mall at 3200 Naglee Road.
He remains in San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp without bail.
Hearing for murder suspect continued
STOCKTON — The court hearing for a man accused of killing a 25-year-old Tracy man in late July was postponed Friday in San Joaquin County Superior Court.
Juan Cristobal Sanchez, 34, is charged with premeditated murder and with intentional and personal discharge of a firearm.
Sanchez appeared before Judge Franklin Stephenson, who continued the hearing to 8:30 a.m. Sept. 10 in Department 35.
According to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the case, Sanchez is accused of fatally shooting Victor Alfonso Ascevedo. The body of the victim was discovered in a field on the 29200 block of Kasson Road, outside Tracy city limits, on the morning of July 26.
Sanchez remains in San Joaquin County Jail without bail.
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