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Minors Charged as Adults in Santee Stabbing

The first court date has been set for the four suspects, all being charged as adults due to the "severity" and possible gang relation of the incident.

Prosecutors have filed charges against four males ages 16-19, stemming from a outside a Santee apartment complex on March 25.

Two are juveniles being prosecuted as adults in San Diego County Superior Court.  

All face multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the incident that, because of , carry the possibility of additional penalties.

Court records also show a third victim in the case, a minor, and a fourth suspect. Initial Sheriff's Department reports noted only three arrests.

The complaint filed in alleges the youngest defendant, a 16-year-old, had a hand in all three assaults that include two male victims initially named in reports, ages 18 and 19, and a third person named in court records. Prosecutors allege a knife was used in the attacks. The 16-year-old is currently being held in County Jail in downtown San Diego on $75,000 bail.

Another suspect, a 17-year-old, was booked into  County Jail in downtown San Diego on March 30 and is being held on $75,000 bail. The complaint alleges he also assaulted the three victims.

Christopher Ron Acevez, 19, who is free on $30,000 bail, is alleged to  have assaulted the 18-year-old and the third victim, while James Cody Southern, 18, is accused of assaulting the 19-year-old and third victim.

Southern is being held in the South Bay Detention Facility in Chula Visa  with bail set at $30,000.

A May 5 court date has been set to determine if the case can proceed, with  a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to hold a trial on the charges set for May 23, according to Deputy District Attorney Joe McLaughlin.

The prosecutor declined to provide additional details in the case. The  juveniles were charged as adults "due to the severity of the crime," McLaughlin said.

live in santee April 14, 2011 at 12:17 AM
Thanks for the updates. Hoping they will continue.
Catgirl April 14, 2011 at 02:08 PM
I am the mother of the 17yr old suspect.. Even though I currently live in another state I've always told all my children if your gonna do a crime be prepared to do the time! However they are looking @ trying to give him 20yrs and I do believe that's a little excessive for a 17yr old boy. He has admitted to being there and getting into an altercation with one of the victims but swears no weapons were used by him. He also has said that he would submit to a lie detector test. So I just hope they give him a fair trial and that the time matches his crime justly...
thedefchef April 14, 2011 at 09:12 PM
It's nice to hear these guys are going to be tried as adults! Hopefully it will send a message to other young punks not to stab people!
josh coch May 10, 2013 at 08:19 PM
you know what every one just shut up. in my opinion yes if the child(s) who did the stabbing should get tried as an adult. but there is a by stander law but I am sure he was afraid that if he were to try to stop the stabbing he would get stabbed too. 20 yr yes that's steep but on good behavior he can most likely get out on porol in 5-13 yrs
Doug Curlee May 10, 2013 at 09:44 PM
the law provides that anyone involved in the altercation where a felony is committed is liable to face the same charges as the person who actually did the stabbing..yeah, that's tough for a 17 year old to have to face..but what are the stabbing victims having to face? doug

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