A 17-year-old teen accused of fatally shooting an infant in East Palo Alto on June 5 did not enter a plea during a court appearance Wednesday (June 15).
Fabian Zaragoza, who wore a yellow jumpsuit with his hair in a long ponytail, has been charged as an adult with murder for killing 3-month-old Izack Jesus Jimenez Garcia and wounding the baby's parents, Ivonne Garcia Lopez and Oscar Jimenez of Redwood City.
Defense attorney Peter Goldscheider said he needs time to review the facts of the case, and Zaragoza's plea entry was postponed until July 13.
Zaragoza's family was present in the courtroom for the plea hearing but did not speak to reporters.
Izack's parents were also in the courtroom. Garcia Lopez wept quietly and held a photograph of Izack.
Zaragoza and another person are believed to have targeted the family after mistaking them for Sureno gang members who had assaulted Zaragoza in Redwood City on May 31.
In addition to murder, Zaragoza has been charged with two counts of attempted murder with the infliction of great bodily injury, a special
circumstance of lying in wait and use of a firearm in the commission of the crimes.
Zaragoza is being held without bail. He faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted. Because he is just 17 years old, he will not face the death penalty.