Teen Father/Defendant Stays In-Custody, However Decide Might Grant Pre-Trial Launch Below Strict Situations
From Esha Kher
WOODLAND, CA – Juvenile Defendant Dominic Caesar – in high school and father of a six month old child – was detained late last week by Yolo County Supreme Court Justice Samuel McAdam, released for the youth this week, if he agrees to a strict, multi-level structure of the conditions.
Caesar is taken into custody on March 24th for alleged connection to a double shooting. The pre-shooting argument started the day before due to a car accident caused by a violent fight between Caesar and his girlfriend in the car. according to the public prosecutor’s office.
District Attorney’s facts said that the next day the crash turned into a family feud to determine who would pay for the car damage, and ultimately led to verbal and physical arguments between several family members of the defendant and the girlfriend – where guns were drawn and a gun was fired and injured two people.
During the rerun, Assistant District Attorney Vita Mandala tried to bear the burden of proof necessary to show Caesar owned and dismissed the gun by directly examining the detectives and verifying the accuracy of the facts.
Assistant defense attorney Andrea Pelochino investigated and questioned senior detective Nvard Avagyan.
When asked about bullet residue testing, Avagyan said “no” when Pelochino asked, “As a senior detective, you didn’t instruct your crime scene investigator to run a shot residue test on the victims at the hospital, did you?”
Pelochino also asked Avagyan about the discrepancies between what Caesar’s mother reported and what another witness said in her testimony, and whether a follow-up questioning was conducted on some of these discrepancies. Avagyan said to him: “No, I didn’t have a chance.”
The next witness to testify was probation officer Ana Gastelum. While Pelochino attempted to indicate Caesar’s good behavior in the juvenile detention center and counseling, his upward trend in academic performance and attendance, DDA Mandala elicits an analysis by the PO that the defendant is not doing so well.
“He stayed behind with the credits. He should be a senior, but his credentials reflect tenth grade and show great concern, ”Gastelum said.
Gastelum also notes the youth’s disregard for public safety as a concern and the family dynamic of the situation in which “not only Dominic but also his mother, sister and grandmother are affected; In addition, the department received calls from the Sacramento County Child Protection Services regarding concerns “where the weapon was found and when the minor would be released.”
Mandala also asks about the flight risks after a possible release, arguing even though Caesar’s mother said he was not a runaway child, “the police report said he fled the police and went into hiding when they were looking for him . “
Gastelum also said the incident’s victim also had safety concerns if the accused were released – their suggestion is that he should be held in custody.
Judge McAdams ordered detention based on public safety concerns, an unresolved conflict between the two parties, and the safety concerns of the two injured.
However, the judge said he would consider a release with the structure that the defendant stays with the paternal grandfather after the custody of the defendant’s six-month-old child is clearly established, including the role of both parents and the ladder relationship with the child .
The judge also set a life plan as a requirement for release and residence with his grandfather, which means that it includes what hours he will go to work, what hours will be devoted to school and counseling.
In addition to these conditions, the judge’s clearance also depends on proper curfew, GPS tracking, and an order to stay away. This includes restrictive contact with his own family and strict supervision by his paternal grandfather.
“Dominic is 17, has to be a good father, has to be a loving and successful father. The adults created terrible situations. And Dominic just made the mistake of owning the gun and unloading it. It was a mistake, but it was mostly set up by the adults, ”said the judge.
The trial will continue next week on April 7th.
Esha Kher is a student at UC Davis studying political science and computer science in hopes of pursuing a career in corporate law. She is enthusiastic about legal journalism and political advocacy, which provokes new perspectives and stimulates public discussions.
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