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Suspect in Ogden Shootings Could Face Death Penalty

Suspect in Ogden Shootings Could Face Death Penalty



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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- A man charged in a drive-by shooting at a party after a wedding could face the possibility of a capital trial.

Riqo Mariano Perea, 19, was charged Thursday in 2nd District Court with two counts of aggravated murder and two counts of attempted murder with injury.

The case is being reviewed to determined whether prosecutors should seek the death penalty, said Weber County Attorney Mark DeCaria.

Early Aug. 5, at a party after a wedding at an Ogden home, 10 shots were fired into a crowd of about 35, police said.

Killed were Sabrina Prieto, 22, and Resendo-Nava Nevarez, 29. Two others were wounded.

In interviews with two newspapers, Perea said he wasn't the shooter and planned to recant his confession to police. He also said a gang code of silence would not allow him to name the gunman, even if it meant he is charged with the crimes. He said the shooting was in reaction to a rival gang member shouting insults.

If prosecutors decided to make the case a capital one, it would be the first in Weber County since 2001, when Richard Jeremy Funk was charged in the shooting of his ex-wife and her mother in Pleasant View. Funk died of cancer in jail before his case went to trial.

Under revisions to the states capital homicide statute made this year, prosecutors do not have to immediately declare whether they will seek the death penalty in a case. A notice of intent must be filed within 60 days of the arraignment scheduled after a preliminary hearing.

Perea is being held without bail in the Weber County jail.

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Information from: Standard-Examiner

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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