2 Ogden teens charged with murder as adults in connection with fatal shooting

Tuesday , August 22, 2017 - 10:55 AM13 comments

JACOB SCHOLL, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Two Ogden teens have been officially charged with first-degree murder in connection to the shooting death of Maria Sanchez. 

Daniel Garcia and Tre’von Zamora, both 16, have both been charged with first-degree felony murder and obstructing justice, a second-degree felony. Though they’re juveniles, they’re being charged in adult court.

Zamora has also been charged with purchasing, transferring, use or possession of a firearm by a restricted person — a third-degree felony — as well as possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class B misdemeanor.

Ogden Police Department public information officer Cpt. Danielle Croyle said police do not think the teens have any connection to Sanchez or the residents of the home.

According to charging documents from the Weber County Attorney’s Office, police were dispatched to a call of shots fired at a home in the 300 block of 28th Street at 12:11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 13.

After interviewing witnesses, police found out three Hispanic males had purchased drinks at the Maverik Gas Station at the corner of 28th Street and Washington Boulevard before walking toward the house on 28th Street, the charging documents say.

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Police say the three males left their drinks at the corner of 28th Street and Grant Avenue, and at least one of them fired at seven rounds or more into the residence, wounding and later killing Sanchez. The three then ran west, according to the court documents.

Shortly afterward, emergency dispatchers received a call about three teens in the backyard of a home in the 100 block of Doxey Street. Police responded and located Garcia, the charging documents say. Using surveillance footage from Maverik, police said they identified Garcia as one of the three suspects. 

Ogden-Metro Gang Unit detectives were then able to identify and locate the other two suspects, the court documents say.

One of the suspects, who was ultimately released from police custody, said he was at the Maverik with Garcia and Zamora, the court records say. He told police he was at the house at the time of the shooting but said he did not participate the shooting. He said Garcia and Zamora were the ones who shot at the house, the court documents say. 

When police interviewed Zamora, he told police Garcia was the one who shot at the house, according to the charging documents.

However, when police processed Zamora’s phone, they found a group text message from Zamora about the shooting in which he allegedly asked for a ride to get away from the scene, the charging documents say. In the group message, Zamora texted, “I did it,” the court records state. Zamora deleted all of his messages, phone calls and internet searches immediately after the shooting, according to the court documents. 

Police later executed a search warrant at Zamora’s house and found drug paraphernalia, a sawed-off shotgun and ammunition, including ammunition that matched casings found at the scene, charging documents say. 

When police interviewed Garcia, he told police he shot six rounds at the house with a revolver while Zamora used a handgun, according to the court records. Charging documents did not say how many shots Zamora is accused of firing. 

Garcia later told police he hid his firearm on Doxey Street, although officers did not find the gun during a search of the area, the court documents state. 

Garcia and Zamora are being held at separate juvenile facilities in Weber and Davis counties, according to Weber County Attorney Chris Allred. 

Contact digital producer Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

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