SANTA CRUZ — The four men suspected of the gang-related shooting a 15-year-old male as he walked in the Seabright area of Santa Cruz Saturday made their first court appearance Wednesday, where they were assigned public defenders but did not enter pleas.
Marcos Nunez, 27, and Julio Nunez, 25, both of Freedom, and Isaac Saavedra, 20, of Watsonville, will return to court Aug. 28 when they will likely enter pleas.
A 15-year-old also suspected in the shooting is being charged as an adult.
All face murder, weapons and gang charges, said Santa Cruz County Assistant District Attorney Johanna Schoenfield.
“They are all looking at life in prison,” Schoenfield said.
Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Timothy Volkmann denied a request by defense attorneys to reduce the suspects’ bail, instead keeping it at $500,000.
The victim was either walking or riding his bike in the Seabright area approximately 1:30 a.m. with a 17-year-old male when he was shot multiple times in the legs and torso.
Police found him conscious and breathing, collapsed near a bus stop. He was taken to a trauma center in the San Jose area.
The suspects fled after the shooting but were quickly spotted traveling southbound on Highway 1 by the California Highway Patrol and Capitola Police.
The suspects did not stop for the officer, and were arrested after an extensive search in an upscale Seascape neighborhood.
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