Crime

Caldwell man charged in Christmas Eve killing pleads not guilty

Jacob Hernandez, 19, of Caldwell, who was charged of the Christmas Eve killing of Richard "Ricardo" Sendano pleaded not guilty Friday, according to court documents.

Hernandez was charged with second-degree murder, two counts of aggravated battery, plus enhancements for gang, weapon and great bodily harm elements of the crime. Gustavo Rodriguez, 19, of Caldwell, and Edgar Covarrubias, 20, of Nampa, face the same set of charges as Hernandez. Gilberto Garza, 23, of Caldwell, was indicted on charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and two counts of aiding and abetting aggravated battery — also with gang enhancements. Covarrubias is still at large, but the other three are in custody, according to police.

They are accused of stabbing Sedano in Caldwell during an altercation on Christmas Eve. Two other men were injured during the incident, police said.

Sedano and the two other victims left the house in a car and sought medical help, but Sedano's condition worsened so they called 911. He died before emergency personnel arrived.

The victims and attackers were members of rival gangs, according to police.

Hernandez's next court appearance will be on June 9, according to court documents.

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