Four men were charged this afternoon with the murder of a Santa Rosa man during an alleged marijuana deal in Sonoma County last week. The defendants did not enter a plea in Sonoma County Superior Court this afternoon and will appear in court again Oct. 20. The complaint by the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office charges all four men with robbery, conspiracy and the murder of 33-year-old Jose Manuel DeJesus of Santa Rosa.
DeJesus was shot once in the head in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Carneceria Contreras butcher store at 1401 Todd Road south of Santa Rosa on Oct. 6. The murder occurred during a drug deal in which DeJesus was selling marijuana, Sonoma County sheriff’s Lt. Dennis O’Leary said. Fernando Lopez Castillo, 25, who was arrested at a motel in Hayward Wednesday night, is charged with intentionally discharging a firearm, indicating he shot DeJesus.
The weapon allegation carries a 25-years-to-life prison term. All four defendants also are charged with an enhancement alleging the murder happened during a marijuana robbery, which makes them eligible for the death penalty. The other defendants are Juan Ramon Lopez-Castillo, 28, of Sonoma County, Alberto Lopez-Barraza 33, of Mexico, and Jose Carraballo Mejia, 54, of Santa Rosa.
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