SANTA CRUZ- Three men charged with killing a 21-year-old Live Oak man as he walked on the Freedom Boulevard overpass are slated for a preliminary hearing on July 22.
Fernando Mendoza-Avila was walking with a friend from a family gathering around 6 p.m. on May 30, 2012, when shots were fired from a car that drove past them. Mendoza-Avila, a father of two young daughters, was struck and killed. His friend was uninjured.
Alfredo Alanis Garcia, 21, of Prunedale was arrested later that night. Christopher Herrera Bermudez and Rafael Zamora Barron were arrested two days later. All three men face charges of murder, commission of a crime in furtherance of a gang and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Bermudez faces an additional charge of personally discharging a firearm.
They have pleaded not guilty to all charges and remain in custody at Santa Cruz County Jail without bail. They'll be back in court July 19 to confirm the hearing scheduled for July 22, but Judge Paul Burdick said Thursday he expects it to be a firm date.