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An attorney for a woman accused of being an accessory to the murder of a wealthy Monte Sereno man said today in San Jose she would plead not guilty as Santa Clara County prosecutors announced evidence against her would be unsealed Friday. Raven Chanel Dixon will enter the plea at a hearing in Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose on Feb. 13, when the prosecution will have revealed why she’s been charged after six weeks in jail, her attorney Denise Zingale said. “I’ve never had a case that’s been this long,” Zingale said. “I don’t even know what the discovery (evidence) is.” “How do you defend yourself when you don’t know what you are defending yourself against is?” Zingale said.
Dixon declined to appear at the hearing in Santa Clara County Superior Court today with defendants Javier Garcia, 21, Lukis Anderson, 26, and Deangelo Austin, 21, charged in the murder-robbery of Reveesh Kurma, 66, in his Monte Sereno home Nov. 30. Prosecutors have sought to have Dixon’s case united with the other three as an alleged accessory to Kurma’s murder for harboring or concealing one or more of the defendants under California Penal Code 32, Deputy District Attorney Kevin Smith said. At the hearing before Judge Kenneth Shapero, Zingale complained that her client, who was too upset to attend, denies knowing any of the defendants and has “no knowledge of what went on” during the murders. But Smith said that Dixon “knows why and the full extent” of how her Dec. 18 arrest in Mountain View pertains to the murder case.
Discovery information justifying the accessory charge against Dixon will be unsealed Friday, Smith said. In the meantime, law enforcement officers have obtained about 100 search warrants related to the case during the murder investigation, which is on going, Smith said. Zingale said that there are several other suspects in the murder case, but Smith replied, “I don’t know where she got that.” Shapero will again consider the prosecution’s motion to consolidate Dixon’s case with the murder defendants at the Feb. 13 hearing.
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