General Crime

* Santa Clara Grand Jury Indicts Eddie Sandoval, Gabriel Franco, and Hugo Chavez In Connection With 2008 Murder, Attempted Murder

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A grand jury has indicted two men on murder charges and another man for attempted murder in connection with the gang-related shootings of four people in 2008, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said today. The Santa Clara County grand jury on Nov. 8 found there was sufficient evidence to indict Gabriel Franco and Hugo Chavez on murder and other charges in the March 28, 2008 shooting death of Raul Lopez, the district attorney’s office said. A hearing to set a trial date for both men on the murder charges is to take place on Jan. 30, according the Santa Clara County Superior Court Clerk’s office.

Franco, 25, and Chavez, 31, also were indicted with a third man, Eddie Sandoval, 24, concerning a second shooting in April 2008 when two individuals received life-threatening wounds but later survived, said Lance Daugherty, supervising deputy district attorney for the office’s gang unit. Lopez, 18, of San Jose, was killed and another person wounded near the intersection of Dobern Avenue and Summer Street in eastern San Jose, according to the San Jose Police Department. The second shooting occurred within the 100 block of McCreery Avenue in San Jose, police said. Both shootings are considered gang-motivated, police said.

At the time of the indictments, Franco and Sandoval, both from San Jose, were already in custody on unrelated charges, police said. San Jose police’s Covert Response Unit located and arrested Chavez in Hayward on Nov. 7. The grand jury indicted Franco on charges related to both shootings, including murder, three counts of attempted murder and a count of firing a gun into an occupied dwelling. Chavez with also charged with murder and attempted murder. Sandoval was charged with two counts of attempted murder and a count of shooting into an occupied dwelling in the McCreery Avenue shooting.

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