Wednesday , June 06, 2018 - 6:58 PM
OGDEN — The attorneys for two Ogden teens accused of shooting and killing a woman want their trials to be separate.
Daniel G. Garcia, 16, and Trevon Jordan Zamora, 17, appeared Wednesday afternoon in front of Judge Jennifer Valencia in Ogden’s 2nd District Court.
Garcia is charged with murder, a first-degree felony; obstructing justice, a second-degree felony; and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, a third-degree felony. Zamora is charged with the same three counts, in addition to the use or possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor.
The two are charged in connection with the death of 47-year-old Maria Sanchez, who died Aug. 14, 2017 — a day after she was shot in the head while asleep in her Ogden home.
Although they are juveniles, both are being charged as adults in district court. It is the Standard-Examiner’s policy not to name juvenile suspects unless they are charged in adult court.
Valencia did not make a ruling Wednesday on whether or not to sever the case and try each teen individually. Trial dates have yet to be set in the case as well.
Garcia’s attorney, Emily Swenson, asked for the decision to be pushed off due to new evidence being submitted to the court. Swenson said DNA evidence may suggest there could have been as many as four people at the scene of the shooting.
Valencia agreed, and rescheduled the hearing to a later date. A decision on whether or not to split the case into two trials will be determined at that time.
The court will also determine which defendant would have their trial first. Zamora’s counsel argued that he should have his trial before Garcia because Zamora is still in police custody and Garcia is not.
Garcia posted a $150,000 bail and was released from custody in August but is required to have an ankle GPS monitor.
Zamora is being held in a local juvenile facility. When he was arrested, a judge ordered Zamora to be held without bail. However, in an April 18 hearing, Valencia set Zamora’s bail for $300,000.
On Wednesday, Valencia signed off on a decorum order that established “standards of conduct” for anyone attending any jury trials related to the case.
The order establishes rules for the defendants and those watching the hearings, such as barring the defendants from speaking to each other or spectators while in the courthouse.
Another rule says that spectators will not be able to wear “gang insignia, gang colors, gang symbols, or to otherwise express support for or against either defendant or the victim(s) in this case,” according to the court order.
Garcia and Zamora’s next hearing date is scheduled for June 20 in Ogden’s 2nd District Court.
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