Hearing set for Luque in San Bernardino double homicide

By Mike Cruz on November 4, 2008 3:34 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) |

A man suspected in a San Bernardino-area double homicide is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday to determine whether the case will proceed to trial.

Javier Joaquin Luque appeared briefly before Judge Michael Dest in San Bernardino Superior Court as lawyers in the case confirmed their readiness for the hearing.

Luque was charged in the deaths of Ronald Jaramillo and Elizabeth Amaya, both of San Bernardino, who were shot in a Chevrolet Tahoe on First Avenue near 40th Street in unincorporated San Bernardino on Sept. 6, 2006.

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Update: San Bernardino area double-homicide to get preliminary hearing

A preliminary hearing was set for later this month for double-homicide defendant Javier Luque during proceedings Monday in San Bernardino Superior Court.

Luque is charged with the gang-related, deadly shooting of a man and woman in an Chevrolet Tahoe on First Avenue, near 40th Street, in unincorporated San Bernardino in September 2006.

A preliminary hearing in the case was scheduled for Oct. 29, and a court appearance to confirm the hearing was set for Oct. 27. Luque was not in court — his appearance waived by his lawyer Deputy Public Defender Stephan Willms — when the hearings were scheduled before Judge Michael Dest.

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Amaya and Luque sentenced in 2006 carjacking case

A high-ranking Mexican Mafia associate was sentenced to state prison Friday on extortion charges in connection with a 2006 carjacking case.

Albert Amaya, who authorities say collected “taxes,” or a percentage of drug sales from other local gangs, was sentenced to 25 years to life during proceedings in San Bernardino Superior Court.

Amaya and another defendant in the case, Javier Joaquin Luque, were convicted by a jury in April in connection with the carjacking.

An armed Luque, 34, took a vehicle in August 2006 and left the victims, which included a 5-year-old child, on the street at night. Luque was even wearing a GPS anklet, affixed by authorities, at the time.

Amaya was convicted of extortion for taking the vehicle back to the owner the next day and demanding money.

“I’m happy, of course, that Albert Amaya got 25 years to life,” Detienne said later, in a courthouse hallway. “I’m happy to get someone, with that kind of status, a life sentence.”

Luque was sentenced to 32 years in state prison on a carjacking charge, while the Probation Department suggested 33 years in a pre-sentencing report and Luque’s lawyer sought 24 years.

In a separate case, Luque also faces charges from the deadly shooting of Ronald Jaramillo, 35, and Elizabeth Amaya, 30, while they all traveled south in an SUV on First Avenue, near 40th Street, in unincorporated San Bernardino in September 2006.

Luque returns to court Monday for a pre-preliminary hearing in the double homicide case, which is eligible for the death penalty. However, prosecutors have not yet announced whether they plan to pursue it.

mike.cruz@inlandnewspapers.com

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Homicide defendant to be sentenced Friday in separate carjacking case

Double-homicide defendant Javier Luque and Albert Amaya are scheduled to appear in San Bernardino Superior Court on Friday to be sentenced in a carjacking case — one of three felony cases involving Luque.

A jury found Luque and Amaya guilty of carjacking on April 10 in San Bernardino Superior Court. A third defendant, Reyna Chagolla, accepted a plea bargain in September 2007 and is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 14.

In a separate case, Luque was charged with the deaths of Ronald Jaramillo and Elizabeth Amaya, both of San Bernardino, who were shot while in a Chevrolet Tahoe on First Avenue near 40th Street in unincorporated San Bernardino on Sept. 6, 2006.

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