Accused West Valley Mall shooter pleads not guilty
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Mar 01, 2014 | 7253 views | 3 3 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MANTECA – A Tracy man accused of shooting at three people at the West Valley Mall last December pleaded not guilty Friday in the Manteca branch of San Joaquin County Superior Court.

Lorenzo Hotel, 18, faces three counts of premeditated attempted murder and one count of shooting at an inhabited dwelling.

Speaking on Hotel’s behalf, attorney James Giller told Judge Ron Northup that Hotel wanted to enter his not guilty plea on all charges and agreed to waive his right to a speedy trial.

The prosecutor assigned to the case, Deputy District Attorney Mark Ott, agreed with Giller’s request to delay the preliminary hearing. He told the court he had a considerable amount of evidence to go over before the next hearing.

Although Giller had requested a bail review hearing after Northup denied Hotel bond during a Feb. 19 hearing, he did not bring up the subject Friday.

According to the criminal complaint, Hotel is accused of shooting a gun into an inhabited dwelling that police have identified as the eastern entrance of West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Rd., on Dec. 20.

The court document states that Hotel was allegedly trying to murder Jesus Herrera, Byron Thomas and an unknown woman that was identified as Jane Doe.

Hotel is scheduled to return to Manteca court at 8:30 a.m. on March 18.

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March 03, 2014
So is young man innocent or guilty Mr. Gumfudgen? He is denying any wrong doing, just like Churchill so that means he should be given his gun back and allowed to roam the streets some more, at least until he's found guilty; Right?
March 03, 2014
Oh That's right. Churchill admitted that what he did was wrong so he should be prosecuted right?

Because, that is the way we deal with felonies here in the US. Right? Theft of over $900 is a felony in California. Right?

This guy is innocent until proven guilty, Right?
March 03, 2014
It wasn't me, it was my twin brother, I swear.

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