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Teens headed to trial for Victorville park shooting
VICTORVILLE • Two alleged gangsters accused of shooting a woman at Doris Davies Park in Victorville were ordered to stand for a jury trial.
After a preliminary hearing Tuesday, Judge Eric Nakata ruled there was probable cause to believe Deqjuan O’Neal Broadey, 19, and Jacquiz Jones, 18, committed the crime. Preliminary hearings are held for judges to decide whether the prosecution has sufficient evidence to hold defendants for a jury trial.
Two women and a man were sitting on a park bench in the evening of Aug. 27 when two unknown men approached and asked them where they were from, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials.
The man hanging out with his female friends said he was a Crips gang member, Deputy Jose Carrillo testified. The two assaulters said they were from the rival Blood gang before one of them pulled out a gun and fired several rounds, Carrillo said.
One of the women got hit in the chest and leg, and the assaulters ran off.
Deputy Greg Teplansky said he contacted Broadey and Jones coming out of the apartment adjacent to the park a few minutes after he received a shooting call. The deputy said he found Jones’ footprints leading back to the park.
The male victim identified Broadey as the shooter and Jones as the other assailant.
Daniel Mangan, Jones’ attorney, argued that the only identification of his client came from an unreliable witness who’s a gang member.
Broadey indicated during a jail call that he was the shooter, according to Deputy Eric Stoll. In another phone conversation from jail, Broadey tried to create an alibi, Stoll said.
According to Stoll, Broadey and Jones both belonged to the Young Godz, an Apple Valley-based hybrid gang consisting of affiliates of various gangs. The Young Godz was founded by aspiring rappers.
The District Attorney’s office charged Broadey and Jones with the attempted murder of the three victims to benefit a gang. If convicted, they could face up to 70 years to life in prison, according to Deputy District Attorney Lisa Crane. The shot victim is out of the hospital, Crane said.
Nakata kept the defendant’s bail at $3 million, though he said it was set too high.
After the hearing, Jones’ father stood up in the pew and tried to address the judge.
“My son’s not a gangbanger,” he said before he was confronted by a court deputy and walked out.
Nakata denied the Daily Press’ request to take photos of the hearing.
The defendants are scheduled to return to Victorville court Dec. 4 for arraignment.
Tomoya Shimura may be reached at (760) 955-5368 or TShimura@VVDailyPress.com. Follow Tomoya on Facebook at facebook.com/ShimuraTomoya.
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