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Usiel Garcia 15-year-old boy charged as adult in San Jose murder on Virginia Avenue

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A 15-year-old boy today became the second juvenile to be charged as an adult in the June gang-related slaying in San Jose of a 16-year-old that allegedly also involved four men. Usiel Garcia was arraigned in Santa Clara County Superior Court on murder and gang charges and Judge Sharon Chatman ordered him held without bail pending his next court appearance on Oct. 31.

Garcia and Samuel Zamora-Villano, 17, have been charged with four men in the death of Manuel Urzoua, who was gunned down in the 1600 block of Virginia Avenue in East San Jose shortly after 6 p.m. on June 19. Both juveniles, who will be tried as adults in the case, have been charged with participating in a gang crime in addition to murder, according to Deputy District Attorney Kevin Smith.

Two other male defendants, Olsen Garcia Sanchez, 25, and Jorge Ibarez, 22, have been arraigned on murder with gang enhancement charges, Smith said. Another suspect, Juan Tafolla Godinez, 19, arrested Friday in Washington state, has yet to be arraigned, Smith said. A sixth person, Antonio Sanchez, 34, has been charged with being an accessory after the fact in Urzoua’s murder, Smith said.

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