The court postponed a hearing Friday to address a possible motion by Christopher Richard Lanteigne to withdraw from a three-defendant plea bargain that spared his life.
Lanteigne will return Sept. 19 to San Bernardino Superior Court, where the motion will be addressed. If the court rejects Lanteigne’s attempt to withdraw, then he is likely to be sentenced on that day, explained Deputy District Attorney Lewis Cope.
The triple-homicide defendant is seeking to withdraw his first-degree murder plea entered under an agreement that would send him to prison for life. Instead, he wants to go to trial.
If Lanteigne is allowed to withdraw, he could face the death penalty once again, prosecutors said.
The plea bargain was a package deal for Lanteigne and two other defendants in the case, Christopher Weaver and Camille Marie Vredenburg. Lanteigne’s desire to leave the package could affect the outcome for the other two defendants.
Lanteigne is accused of murdering Clayton McCobb, 44, of Ramona; Scott Fisher, 42, of San Bernardino; and Kareem Mohammad Radwan, 26, of Loma Linda in 2004.
In a separate case, defendants Sinque Morrison and Michael Barnett Jr. will return to court on Aug. 8 in the Mynisha Crenshaw gang slaying.
Morrison and Barnett are last remaining defendants – from a total of 12 defendants – whose cases have not been resolved in the Mynisha case. Both men appeared Friday in San Bernardino Superior Court.
Prosecutors have said they are ready to go back to trial for the pair, but at least one of the defense lawyers has sought more time.
Morrison and Barnett are suspected to be part of a group of armed men who fired weapons into a San Bernardino apartment in 2005 while hunting down rival street gang members.
Inside the apartment, Mynisha and her family were having dinner. Mynish was struck once in the chest and died, while her older sister was seriously wounded.
Two other defendants, Harold Phillips and Sidkiba Greenwood, were sentenced July 11 for their roles in the slaying.
Phillips received 94 years and four months to life in prison after being convicted of four charges, including second- degree murder. Greenwood, whom prostecutors said planned the shooting, received 109 years to life for five charges, including first-degree murder.