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* Redwood City Teen Ricardo Garcia Accussed In North Oaks Murder Of Solomone Zarate Appears In Court

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A man accused of fatally shooting 17-year-old Solomone Zarate at a party in unincorporated Redwood City nearly a year ago appeared in court Tuesday.Ricardo Garcia was 17 years old when he allegedly shot and killed Zarate at a party on Columbia Avenue near El Camino Real on Sept. 13, 2008, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. Garcia, who is being tried as an adult, was indicted by a criminal grand jury on May 29 and is being held without bail in San Mateo County jail. At his pretrial conference on Tuesday, Judge Susan Etezadi confirmed the case will go to trial on Oct. 19.The district attorney’s office alleges that Garcia shot Zarate after the two teens got into a heated argument, Wagstaffe said.Sheriff’s deputies, responding to a report of a loud noise, found Zarate in the street suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported to Stanford Hospital where he died two hours later. Garcia allegedly fled after the shooting and hid from authorities for several days, but then surrendered to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office with his lawyer, Wagstaffe said.Garcia has been charged with one count of murder with the special allegations that he used a firearm and that he committed the crime while an active gang member.The gang enhancement makes Garcia eligible for life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted, Wagstaffe said. Garcia has also been charged with one count of committing a felony while being a member of a gang.

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