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UPDATE: Trio suspected of murder still have yet to stand trial

Trial put over again Wednesday

Posted: March 6, 2013 2:13 p.m.
Updated: March 6, 2013 6:20 p.m.

Eighteen months after a “good Samaritan” was shot and killed while trying to aid an alleged robbery victim, the three young men charged in connection with the Canyon Country shooting have yet to stand trial.

The three accused — Diamonte Jerome McGhee, Eric Michael Edwards and Branden Travaughn Higgs, all now 18 — appeared in San Fernando Superior Court Wednesday for their murder trial.

Their trial, set to begin in August, has been postponed every month on average since then.

On Wednesday, the three men were ordered to appear back in court next month for a pre-trial motion, a court clerk said.

After a week-long preliminary hearing last summer, the three were ordered to stand trial for the death of Alejandro Sanchez Torrez on Oct. 31, 2011.

Torrez, 31, was shot in front of his young son after he stepped in to help a man being robbed in a strip mall parking lot, prosecutors have said.

The man, who says the trio was trying to steal a gaming system he had for sale, was shot in the leg but survived.
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