Angelo Alex Abila, 19, is also charged in San Joaquin County Superior Court with two counts of attempted willful murder, and assault with a firearm, discharging a firearm in the commission of a felony, shooting at an inhabited building and discharging a weapon with gross negligence.
Nikki Mello was shot once in the back around 2:55 a.m. March 16 during a party at her house on the 2800 block of Redbridge Road.
The house is in the Redbridge neighborhood located on Lammers Road just south of 11th Street in western Tracy.
Abila — who is being held at San Joaquin County Jail without bail — was expected to be arraigned on charges of attempted murder and attempted willful murder on Tuesday.
However, the hearing didn’t happen and Abila remained at the jail because the additional charges were being added to his case.
He is scheduled to appear in the Manteca branch courthouse to be arraigned on all the charges at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2.
Cpl. Ricardo Hernandez of the Tracy Police Department said Abila was arrested around 10:30 a.m. on April 27 by San Joaquin County sheriff’s deputies in Lathrop during a traffic stop.
Tracy police then took custody of Abila, who officers “had been looking for” since the incident, Hernandez said.
Mello still has the bullet lodged in her left lung, according to her mother, Yvette Perez.
Her daughter continues to have nightmares about the shooting, she said during a phone interview on Tuesday.
“I’m grateful they got him, it’s been so long,” she said. “I will be there Thursday. I’m there for my daughter, period.”
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