SAN JOSE -- A woman accused of being an accessory in the murder of a Monte Sereno man killed during a home-invasion robbery of his 7,000-square-foot mansion pleaded not guilty Thursday, according to prosecutors.
The case against Raven Dixon, 22, was also combined with the case against three men accused of killing Raveesh Kumra, 66, who was bound, blindfolded and gagged during a robbery on Nov. 30, 2012, police say.
A Santa Clara County judge approved prosecutor Kevin Smith's motion to add a gang enhancement against Javier Garcia and Deangelo Austin, both of Oakland. Lukis Anderson of San Jose, also accused of homicide, is not facing a gang enhancement allegation.
All four defendants are next scheduled to appear in court on March 19 for a status update, Smith said.
Police documents unsealed last week provided several details surrounding the violent home-invasion robbery, which ended with Kumra dead on his kitchen floor of asphyxiation and his ex-wife in the hospital with a gash on her lip.
On the night Kumra died, three intruders bound, blindfolded and gagged him with packaging tape. They next woke up his ex-wife, hit her in the mouth with a cold, hard object and dragged her into the kitchen beside her husband.
"Be quiet if you want to live," one of them told her before tying her up, too, and ransacking the house.
The DNA of Garcia, Austin and Anderson were discovered at the home, the reports say. Anderson's DNA was
Kumra, who once owned Saratoga's Mountain Winery concert venue, has hired prostitutes in the past, according to the report. One of those women was Dixon, who prosecutors say has ties to two Oakland street gangs with a history of robbing the homes of Asians and East Indians. Dixon's pimp and boyfriend is a member of one of the gangs, police say, though he has not been charged in the case.