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Jury selection begins in Oxnard gang member’s murder trial » News Talk 1590 KVTA

Jury selection begins in Oxnard gang member’s murder trial » News Talk 1590 KVTA


Monday 08 July 2024

Jury selection began Monday in the trial of an Oxnard gang member accused of a string of crimes, prosecutors say, including the murder of a man whose family says had no involvement with gangs.

Michael Ortega, 24, has been charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting of John Paul Carrillo, 20, of Oxnard, on Dec. 5, 2022.

Authorities say the incident happened as Carrillo was standing in the parking lot of his home in the 1200 block of Gonzales Road that night.

Ortega also faces assault and other charges stemming from other gun and gang-related incidents that occurred that night and in the days leading up to it.

Ortega remains in jail without bail.

Meanwhile, a gang member who allegedly drove Ortega was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison, court records show.

Paul Ramos, 33, of Santa Paula, also faced a murder charge, but prosecutors allowed him to plead guilty and face a lesser charge of gang-related assault with a deadly weapon.

Update — A second suspect in a gang-related shooting that killed an innocent man in Oxnard in December 2022 has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Prosecutors say 32-year-old Paul Steven Ramos of Santa Paula drove a vehicle carrying the alleged shooter, 24-year-old Michael Ortega of Oxnard, to an apartment complex in the 1200 block of West Gonzales Road in Oxnard, where Ortega allegedly used a sawed-off shotgun to kill 20-year-old John Carrillo.

Carrillo died at the scene.

His family members told KVTA News that Carrillo had no gang affiliations, was not involved in any gang activity and was unfortunately in the wrong place at the wrong time, making him an innocent victim of gang violence.

Ramos, like Ortega, has been charged with murder but was allowed to plead guilty Thursday to assault with a deadly weapon and admitted it was gang-related.

Ortega’s trial on murder and other charges will be held June 21.

Ortega also faces charges related to other violent crimes and a number of special allegations, including gang ties.

In the meantime, Ramos is scheduled to be sentenced on June 28. He remains in Ventura County Jail without bail.