Suspected gang member to stand trial separately for murder, jail assault

Suspected gang member to stand trial separately for murder, jail assault

Roberto Galindo Barrera is accused of killing a teenage gang rival

A Lompoc man charged with murdering a teenage rival in an allegedly gang-related shooting is expected to stand trial separately in the coming months for that killing, and for the attempted murder of a fellow inmate at the Santa Barbara County Jail.

Roberto Galindo Barrera, 22, was to stand trial this past week for the attempted murder of another inmate in March 2010 while he was housed at County Jail, according to Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Gresser, the prosecutor on the case.

However, the trial was postponed because the attorney for Arturo Pintemel, his co-defendant in the attempted murder case, is occupied with another trial.

A new trial date has not been established, Gresser said, but noted that Barrera will likely stand trial for attempted murder before he goes to trial in September for the homicide that happened in January 2009.

In addition to attempted murder, Barrera has been charged in the jail incident with assault with a deadly weapon, special allegations of gang involvement and causing great bodily injury.

Gresser would not reveal more information on the circumstances surrounding the jail attack.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Stephen Foley is prosecuting the murder case, in which both Barrera and 20-year-old Richard Reyes of Lompoc are defendants.

The two are charged with murder and special allegations of discharging a firearm causing death and acting for the benefit of a gang in connection with the killing of 14-year-old Daniel Rodriguez of Lompoc.

Rodriguez suffered fatal injuries as a result of the allegedly gang-motivated shooting that occurred in the 700 block of North E Street in Lompoc on Jan. 14, 2009.

A police detective has testified that both defendants are VLP gang members, and the victim was affiliated with a rival South-side gang.


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