Joseph Baez Faces Trial in Fatal Shooting of OC's First Murder Victim of 2010
A jury already found Robert Reil, 33, of Orange, guilty in March 2012 for the same shooting murder for drugs case, earning a sentence of 50 years to life in prison.
Robert Luis Reil Gets 50 More Years to Engage in Mexican Mafia Mayhem Behind Bars
While in jail, Reil was one of 26 swept up in the Mexican Mafia probe.
26 Charged with Carrying Out Mexican Mafia Orders in OC Jail
She is accused of contacting her drug dealer, Bernal Ezquivel Felix, to set up a meeting in Orange in January 2010. When Felix pulled up around 11 p.m. that night, Baez is accused of shooting him through the window, with the car continuing to move before hitting a parked vehicle. All the suspects/killers left without any drugs in what was Orange County's first reported murder of 2010.
Bernal Ezequiel Felix, 2010 OC Homicide No. 1: Man Shot Driving Through Neighborhood
Baez is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder during the commission of a robbery and for the benefit of a criminal street gang, street terrorism, and sentencing enhancements for being a gang member vicariously discharging a firearm causing death and criminal street gang activity.
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