Court Roundup: Cases continued for two attempted murder suspects
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Apr 15, 2014 | 7506 views | 2 2 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hearing for mall shooting continued

MANTECA — A court hearing for a man accused of trying to kill three people outside West Valley Mall in December was delayed until April 25 in the Manteca branch of San Joaquin County Superior Court on April 10.

Lorenzo Hotel, 18, of Tracy, 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 he and Deputy District Attorney Mark Ott had agreed to resume the hearing at 1:30 p.m. April 25.

Northup asked Hotel if he would continue to waive his right to a speedy trial, and Hotel said yes.

Giller entered a not-guilty plea on Hotel’s behalf on Feb. 28. If he had not waived time, his preliminary hearing would have had to be held no more than 60 days from his first arraignment in late December.

Hotel is accused of shooting at the eastern entrance of the mall, 3200 Naglee Road, on the night of Dec. 20. The criminal complaint against him identifies his targets as Jesus Herrera, Byron Thomas and an unidentified woman, called Jane Doe.

Hotel remains in San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp without bail.

Lockwood hearing to resume April 25

MANTECA — A Tracy man accused of shooting at two people in a car on Lowell Avenue in late February had his court hearing delayed to April 25 in San Joaquin County Superior Court on April 10.

Brandon Lockwood, 18, is charged with premeditated attempted murder, assault with a semiautomatic firearm and shooting at an inhabited vehicle, with enhancements of personal use of a firearm and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Giller, who is the attorney for both Lockwood and Hotel, asked Judge Ron Northup to continue his client’s further arraignment hearing to the same date as Hotel’s preliminary hearing.

Filling in for Deputy District Attorney Donald Vaughn, who was unavailable for the hearing, Deputy District Attorney Ron Indran told the judge that Vaughn would only be available April 22, 23 or 28.

Northup scheduled Lockwood’s hearing at 1:30 p.m. April 28, but a few minutes later, he recalled the case and moved the hearing to 1:30 p.m. April 25.

According to the criminal complaint against him, Lockwood is accused of shooting at Martin Rocha and Cinthya Lizeth on Feb. 12 as they drove out of an apartment complex parking lot on the 2900 block of Lowell Avenue.

Lockwood remains in county jail without bail.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at or 830-4225.



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April 19, 2014
Of course, both of these young "gentlemen" are innocent until proven guilty, but I can't help but despise scumbag defense attroneys who will defend punks like this for a buck...even though they KNOW they are guilty. Good luck Attorney James Giller. May you cash your checks and live a great life on earth buying "things" with the money you earn defending criminals...hopefully, you're an aetheist...otherwise you would know where your soul is going for an eternity.
April 16, 2014
Does anyone know if there was a conclusion to the Tipton's case?

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