Michael Mau, 24, faces one count of murder, six counts of attempted murder, street terrorism and several special circumstance charges for his alleged affiliation with the South Side Tracy-Norteño gang. He also faces multiple charges of possession of a firearm as a convicted felon and being an alleged gang member.
Mau and two other men — Elvis Mendoza and Johnny Martinez — were arrested shortly after an early morning shooting on Oct. 10, 2009, at Amore’s Italian Restaurant on the corner of 11th and A streets.
One man, Naim Bey, was killed, and six others were injured when Mau allegedly fired shots into the restaurant through the side door just minutes after a fight inside the restaurant.
Charges against Mendoza were dropped in March, and according to his lawyer, Martinez is expected to finalize a plea deal this week.
A police informant and friend of the three men testified during the preliminary hearing in February that he saw Mau shoot into the restaurant. The witness also said he heard Mendoza and Martinez talk about how to get rid of the gun.
Jury selection for the trial is set to begin in October, and the trial could start as early as Oct. 20. Lawyers expect the trial could be over by Dec. 3, depending on how long it takes for arguments and jury deliberation.
San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge George J. Abdallah Jr. ruled this morning that the widow of Bey could remain in the courtroom during the trial. He also said Mau would be restrained by nonvisible leg restraints under his clothes instead of visible shackles during the trial.