Defendants in shooting plead not guilty
by Denise Ellen Rizzo / Tracy Press
Apr 30, 2012 | 3803 views | 12 12 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two teenagers charged in the fatal shooting of a 28-year-old Tracy man entered not guilty pleas in San Joaquin County Superior Court today, April 30.

Daniel Moses Batchelder, 19, and 16-year-old Francisco Angel Limon both appeared before Judge Carter Holly in Department 14 for further arraignment. Both denied all charges, including premeditated murder and street terrorism.

Limon is being charged as an adult.

The teenagers are suspected of shooting Everuvaldo Cruz-Espino was shot in the neck while he was driving his car on the afternoon of Feb. 24.

He was found in his vehicle with the engine running in the middle of the intersection of Whispering Wind Drive and Tracy Boulevard by a passing Tracy police detective a short time after the shooting.

Cruz-Espino was shot once in the neck. His cousin, a passenger in the car at the time of the shooting, was uninjured. Cruz-Espino died a week later at a local hospital.

Police said that both defendants are believed to be affiliated with a street gang. Detective Ricardo Hernandez said police have no evidence to show the victim had any gang connections.

During Monday’s court hearing, both suspects entered their pleas, and a preliminary hearing was set for 9 a.m. June 11 in Department 14 in the Stockton courthouse.

Court officials estimated it would take three days to hear all the testimony in the case and for the judge to decide if there’s enough to try both teens in the killing.

Batchelder and Limon remain at San Joaquin County Jail and the county's juvenile hall, each located in French Camp. Batchelder is being held without bail while Limon's bail was set at $5 million.

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storkfmny
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May 01, 2012
When I was a kid, it wasn't uncommon to see kids in their middle teens walking up the street with a rifle or shotgun on their shoulder. No one thought much about it because everyone knew they were just trekking up to the woods to either target shoot or hunt. The biggest worry was getting cash for ammo, not being shot by your peers. There isn't much in the way of guidance by adults who are scared to death at the very mention of "GUNS", who are influenced by the liberal media into thinking guns are just bad all the way around.

Times have drastically changed for the worse and we may need our guns to protect ourselves from the very people you vote for today and they know it. DON'T LET THEM TAKE YOUR GUNS PEOPLE!!!!
Nicki2
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May 01, 2012
I agree 100%. I believe in and support the 2nd amendment.
shelly13
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May 01, 2012
Guns aren't bad...people are!
PYT
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May 01, 2012
- I known Daniel for a couple of years now, and honestly I don't think he did it ! I believe in his word. I talked to him a couple of day's before the incident, and he was saying how good he was doing, and other stuff and I BELIVE IN HIM ! I know its sad to lose someone you love but if he said he didn't do it and there's not enough evidence.. why make him pay for something he didn't do ?

Think about it your also ruining his life.
PublicCitizen
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May 01, 2012
Sorry pretty Young Thing, but buster ruined his own life.

"don't do the crime if you can't do the time"
shelly13
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May 01, 2012
Lots of other people that know him say different. He has not been a good citizen/student etc. If it walks like a duck...
LuckyInTracyNot
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April 30, 2012
Good letters about our nations innocence. Them days are long gone I am afraid. We also have a president who comments on what his son would look like, like travone martin. He might as well condoned the negative behavior that we saw on tv, example threats against a human life that hasn't had a trial yet, wanted dead or alive. Another incident he mentions about minorities when the college teacher was arrested and it got settled with having beers.

Yes, america sucks right now. We need more heroes who sets a positive example and less knuckleheads who are zeros in the character department like idiots in the black panther party.
victor_jm
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May 01, 2012
Much of our culture is degraded, and the many souls who consume it are benighted. There are many extraordinary individuals in this country who are doing commendable work, but if your life experiences are limited to American television programming, then you are likely a spectator who disdains the many fabulous publications by philosophers, doctors, reputable sociologists, mathematicians, physicists, etc.

The heroes are there, but our mass vision is constricted by American Idols.

You have my permission to continue sleepwalking.
Nicki2
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April 30, 2012
This is sad. A mans life is taken and 2 kids lives are also taken(so to speak). When I was in high school (many moons ago), our biggest thing was going behind the gym at lunch and smoking cigarettes. I never ever had to worry about guns or being robbed and I grew up in a big city. Now our kids have to worry about drugs, guns, gangs. No matter where you live it's there.
Tinfoil
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April 30, 2012
It was 1961. My first year in high school. I had just spent six months in Europe with my parents. Dad had bought me a mechanical watch that had an alarm. For it's time this was space-stuff. In class another boy asked if he could look at my fancy new watch. I gave it to him. He set off the alarm. The teacher took the watch away from him. I'll never forget it. My face turned beet red. I had done a bad thing. And would I get the watch back that dad had given me? As class that day ended I had to go to the teacher,head bowed and admit my guilt. I got the watch back. But to this day when I think of the incident my testicals shrivel. America was a different place back then. The young people today hav'nt the slightest concept of the America us older folks came of age in. There were no gangs,no murders,no newspaper articles about yet another child molestation. Today's America sucks.
klv
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April 30, 2012
Ridicules Tinfoil;

You mean they're weren't gangs in N.Y., Boston, Philly, Chicago, L.A. deadly wife beatings, unsolved homicides. then eventually a president assassinated...
Lovestracy
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May 02, 2012
@Tinfoil. You only think that because there wasn't the media to report those news to you. We see this everyday because we all have iPhone, computers, TV's and radios. Gangs always been around and always will be around.


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