Police surround house; three in custody in fatal shooting
A Meridian man arrested Monday night on charges of second-degree murder appeared in court during a video arraignment Tuesday afternoon, as did two women accused of helping harbor him.
Anthony Joseph Alcala, 20, was charged with second-degree murder and two felony counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon or instrument after 19-year-old Briana Martinez was killed and two others — including a sister of hers — were hospitalized in a Boise Bench shooting on Sunday night.
According to Ada County prosecuting attorney Jeff White, one of the suspects was an ex-girlfriend of the male victim in the shooting. There was an “exchange of property,” White said, followed by a physical altercation and gunfire.
Martinez died at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center at 12:25 a.m. Monday.
Natalie Martinez and Sonny Heidenreich were the other two victims shot by Alcala, according to the criminal complaint. Their exact conditions have not been released, but police said Monday that they were stable.
The state asked that the charges against Alcala be enhanced due to the use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a crime. Alcala is now being held at the Ada County Jail on a $1 million bond.
If found guilty, Alcala faces life in prison. Having the charges enhanced means a longer sentence is possible, but Alcala could get life on the murder charge alone.
Two women, Taja Ra McMurtrey-Winn, 22, of Boise, and Jessica Lee Perez, 18, of Boise, were charged with counts of felony accessory to murder. Both appeared in court Tuesday as well; each is being held on a $250,000 bond.
According to the criminal complaint obtained by the Statesman, those suspects helped hide Alcala from authorities while knowing he had committed a felony.
The shooting was reported at a residence near Palouse Street and South Owyhee Street at 11:58 p.m. Sunday. When police arrived they found victims outside, and multiple suspects had fled the scene.
Following up on leads, investigators determined Monday that a vehicle seen at the Boise shooting was located at a house in the 3900 block of North Lezana Street in Meridian, that city’s police chief, Tracy Basterrechea, told the Statesman on Monday.
Police obtained a search warrant, surrounded the house and ordered the occupants to come out. After a lengthy search of the house occurred, three of the five people who had been inside were taken into custody.
Alcala was booked at 7:22 p.m. Monday; McMurtrey-Winn at 6:31 p.m.; and Perez at 6:15 p.m. The two women were charged “for their assistance in carrying out the crime,” according to a BPD release at the time.
McMurtrey-Winn was charged with a felony and two misdemeanor drug offenses on March 27, according to court records. She recently failed to appear for her April 5 court hearing in the drug case, and a bench warrant was issued.
Perez, who is still a high school student, has 13 juvenile offenses on her record, according to court records and law officials.
Ruth Brown contributed to this report.