Jacob J. Hernandez, 19, is accused of stabbing Richard “Ricardo” Sedano during a Dec. 24 altercation. His trial in 3rd District Court began Monday.
Police say Hernandez and a group of other uninvited guests caused a disturbance at a home in the 2000 block of Rice Avenue in Caldwell. Sedano died later of stab wounds and two other men were injured during the fracas, police said.
Sedano and the two other stabbing victims, men in their 20s, reportedly left the house in a car, seeking medical attention. Sedano’s condition worsened during the trip and the men stopped the car at Illinois and Third streets to call 911, police said, and Sedano died before emergency responders arrived.
Hernandez is charged with second-degree murder and two counts of aggravated battery, plus enhancements for gang elements, use of a deadly weapon and inflicting great bodily harm.
Police said the defendants and the victims were members of rival gangs.
Co-defendant Edgar Covarrubias, 20, of Nampa, pleaded guilty Sept. 11 to voluntary manslaughter. He was originally charged with second-degree murder. He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 23.
Gustavo Rodriguez, 19, of Caldwell, pleaded guilty in August to a federal charge of possession of an illegal weapon in a case unrelated to Sedano’s murder. Rodriguez, a Mexican national who will likely be deported after serving his sentence, was originally charged with aggravated battery and use of a deadly weapon in Sedano’s murder. Those charges were dismissed in March after federal prosecutors brought their case against him. He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 4.
Gilberto Lopez Garza, 23, of Caldwell, is charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder in Sedano’s death and two counts of aiding and abetting aggravated battery. He has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to go to trial Nov. 16.
Hernandez’s trial is expected to last two weeks.