Santa Maria 10 back in court
7 defendants could face death penalty
The 10 people accused of either killing or being involved in the death of Anthony Ibarra were in a Santa Maria courtroom Thursday.
Defense attorneys again fought to have no video cameras in the courtroom and the judge granted the motion.
They said they don’t want a potential jury pool to be influenced by seeing their clients in prison clothes.
Seven of the defendants could face the death penalty in this case. “The arraignment was continued one more time until June 6. On that day the district attorney will have a decision on whether or not we’re going to seek the death penalty on any of the defendants,” said senior deputy district attorney Ann Bramsen.
28-year-old Anthony Ibarra’s body was found in the back of a moving truck in Orcutt about a month ago.
Police say he was tortured and killed in a home on West Donovan Road two days before his body was discovered.
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