A 17-year-old boy accused of fatally shooting an infant in East Palo Alto on June 5 appeared in San Mateo County Superior Court this afternoon. Fabian Zaragoza, who wore a yellow jumpsuit with his hair in a long ponytail, has been charged as an adult with murder for killing 3-month-old Izack Jesus Jimenez Garcia and wounding the baby’s parents, Ivonne Garcia Lopez and Oscar Jimenez, of Redwood City.
Defense attorney Peter Goldscheider said he needs time to review the facts of the case, and Zaragoza’s plea entry was postponed until July 13. Zaragoza’s family was present in the courtroom for the arraignment but did not speak to reporters. The baby’s parents were also in the courtroom. Garcia Lopez wept quietly and held a photograph of Izack.
Zaragoza and another person are believed to have targeted the family after mistaking them for Sureno gang members who had assaulted Zaragoza in Redwood City on May 31. In addition to murder, Zaragoza has been charged with two counts of attempted murder with the infliction of great bodily injury, a special circumstance of lying in wait and use of a firearm in the commission of the crimes.
Zaragoza, who is being held without bail, faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.
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