A March 13 trial date was set Thursday for a man accused in the fatal shooting of a teenager during a party in the Mountain View area of San Diego more than 17 years ago.Alfredo Munoz Yanez, now 37, faces 45 years to life in state prison if convicted of murder and an allegation that he used a firearm in the Sept. 18, 1999, slaying of 15-year-old Wilberto Rodriguez.
Yanez is accused of getting into a scuffle with the victim at a birthday celebration at a home in the 4300 block of Newton Avenue. Prosecutors allege the fight ended when Yanez, who went by the nickname “Scarface,” and a cohort pulled handguns and shot the teen.
Yanez is thought to have fled south of the border shortly after the slaying. He was arrested in Mexico and turned over to U.S. authorities last July.
The second assailant, George David Garcia, then 22, was arrested three weeks after the slaying and convicted of murder in 2000, said Deputy District Attorney Kristie Nikoletich.
Yanez will be back in court Jan. 31 for a readiness conference.
— City News Service
>> Subscribe to Times of San Diego’s free daily email newsletter! Click hereFollow Us: