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Grand Jury Indicts Vehicle Shooting Defendants

After a hearing last week, with as many as 30 witnesses, a specially-convened grand jury has returned an indictment on all requested charges against the defendants in a vehicle-to-vehicle shooting death that happened in Grass Valley. Assistant Nevada County District Attorney Chris Walsh says it’s rare for grand juries to be used in criminal cases in California, and this is only the second time it’s been convened here for such a purpose. But he says it’s a very complex case with six defendants who are suspected gang members, including five who are from out of state…

click to listen to Chris Walsh

A recent change in state law, approved by voters, also allows only the person who fired the gun, 22-year-old Trey Richard, to be charged with murder. But Walsh says the other five still face the same possible life sentence as Richard, due to their gang affiliation. Walsh says he also expects a self-defense claim. That’s because the victim, Shanta Olson, and a man, had driven after the defendants after they realized they’d received fake money from the defendants in a marijuana transaction…

click to listen to Chris Walsh

The shooting occurred last November.

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