Posted: Jul 18, 2013 3:15 PM by April Hansen, KSBY News
Updated: Jul 19, 2013 7:03 AM
The Anthony Ibarra murder case continued in a Santa Maria courtroom today, but it may soon get moved to a different location.
Eleven people are charged in the murder of Ibarra.
His body was found in the back of a U-Haul truck parked on an Orcutt street in March.
Police believe he was tortured for hours before finally being stabbed to death.
Because there are 11 defendants, 11 defense attorneys and a prosecution team all in one courtroom, some of the defense attorneys are concerned it's not large enough to accommodate all of these people, so the courts are looking into other venues.
All 11 defendants appeared in court Thursday, including the youngest of those charged.
14-year-old Ramon Maldanado, Jr. is the grandson of David Maldanado and son of Ramon Maldanado, Sr.
Both are also charged in this murder case.
The court decided to charge the 14-year-old as an adult.
The 11 defendants wore dress shirts instead of the usual blue or orange jail clothes, but their hands and feet were still handcuffed.
Their arraignments were postponed again Thursday, as they have been several times before.
The next arraignment hearing is set for September 12th.
Prosecutor Ann Bramson says they don't know yet where they will move this case, but it will be in a larger location somewhere in the county.
"I don't know where we will be, but they are going to move this case to a setting where all defense council can have tables and chairs and everybody can have adequate defense," said Prosecutor Bramson.
Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley decided against seeking the death penalty if the eleven are convicted.
A few weeks ago, a Santa Maria Grand Jury issued indictments for the eleven suspects.
Seven of the defendants face life in prison without the possibility of parole if they are convicted.
Two other defendants, including the 14-year-old, face 25 years to life.
Two more may get a maximum of seven and ten years for being accessories.
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