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Trial postponed in nearly 2 1/2-year-old SCV murder case

Posted: April 10, 2014 6:21 p.m.
Updated: April 10, 2014 6:21 p.m.
 

The murder trial of three young men was postponed Thursday to another day — almost two and a half years after a “good Samaritan” was gunned down trying to stop a robbery.

Diamonte Jerome McGhee, Eric Michael Edwards and Branden Travaughn Higgs appeared in San Fernando Superior Court on Thursday for the latest in a series of pre-trial conferences.

The three are charged with killing Alejandro Sanchez Torrez, 31, who was shot in front of his 7-year-old son after he stepped in to help a man being robbed at a Canyon Country strip mall on Oct. 31, 2011.

Last October, on the two-year anniversary of the fatal shooting, officials at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office were asked: Why is it taking so long for this case to go to trial?

“It’s a three-defendant, multiple-count case,” spokeswoman Shiara Dávila-Morales had said. “There is a great deal of preparation involved, and there have been procedural delays that are common for complex cases.”

The three defendants, who were juveniles when arrested, have remained in custody for close to two years awaiting their day in court, appearing before a judge every month on average since their arrest.

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