Court hearing delayed for boy charged as adult in murder case

Sheriff said it was a gang confrontation in Vista park, last November

A hearing for a 16-year-old boy charged with murder was delayed this morning, in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse.

The boy is accused of being one in a group of ten to 15 persons who had a fatal confrontation last November, in a public park in Vista. The youth was 15 years old on November 10, 2012, the night one man was stabbed to death, and another victim reportedly survived multiple stab wounds.

Sheriff’s investigators said it was after 10 p.m. on a Saturday night, when members of a Vista gang and members of an Oceanside gang gathered in Brengle Terrace Park.

One 24-year-old male victim, identified as Antonio Canseco, died from a single stab to his chest. Another man, Martin Hernandez, 21, was also said to be injured. Both stabbing victims were residents of Oceanside, according to a Sheriff’s statement.

Investigators have said a small pocket knife allegedly used in the stabbings has been “linked” to the now-16-year-old boy who is charged as an adult. He pleads not guilty to one count of murder and one felony assault charge. He also faces special allegations of personal use of a knife and inflicting great bodily injury and crimes for benefit of street gang.

A private defense attorney named Jose Garza Badillo has been retained to represent the accused, and Badillo successfully requested that today’s preliminary hearing be delayed until May 6, 2013.

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Yesterday, March 13 2014, a date was confirmed for trial. The teenaged defendant turned 17 this year, and is on calendar to begin a murder trial on May 7, 2014, in San Diego's North County Superior Courthouse.

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