One man was arraigned and another entered a plea today in Monterey County Superior Court in Salinas in the 2010 murder of a 6-year-old boy, a deputy district attorney said. Bernardo Camacho and Edmundo Pulido, both 21, have been jointly charged with first-degree murder in the boy’s March 2010 death during a gang-related dispute, Deputy District Attorney David Rabow said. Camacho was arraigned on the murder charges while Pulido entered a plea of not guilty before Judge Pamela Butler, said Rabow, who is prosecuting both men. Camacho told the judge he needed counsel from the public defender’s office and Butler ordered him back into court for a hearing on Friday, Rabow said. Butler set a preliminary hearing for Pulido for May 10 but also set a calendar call to confirm it on May 8, Rabow said.
Prosecutors claim that in 2010, Camacho came down a Salinas street near where the child victim lived and fired a gun during an altercation with gang members, Rabow said. An errant bullet from Camacho’s gun hit the boy, who had no relation to him, in the head while the child stood in the back of his parent’s home, Rabow said. Both defendants face sentences of life without the possibility of parole, he said. Pulido is also charged with first-degree murder in a separate homicide from 2010. Camacho himself also may be charged in a gang-related robbery for which he failed to appear in court in April 2010, Rabow said. He was recently arrested in Mexico on an arrest warrant related to the robbery, Rabow said.
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