New Year's Eve Shooting Suspect Appears in Court

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Prosecutors have filed special charges against the suspected gunman in a New Year's Eve bar shooting in Sacramento that left two people dead, making him eligible for the death penalty, if convicted.

Carlito Montoya was arraigned Tuesday in Sacramento County Superior Court on several charges, including murder and attempted murder with special circumstances for multiple murders.

Montoya is accused of fatally shooting Gabriel Cordova and Daniel Ferrier at a bar in the city's Old Sacramento area. Montoya is also accused of shooting a security guard who wounded him in an exchange of gunfire.

Montoya's friends, Charles Fowler-Scholz and his wife, Amber Scholz, were also arraigned on Tuesday. Prosecutors say they started a fight that led to the shooting.

Both Fowler-Scholz and his wife were charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

The three suspects did not enter pleas.

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