Prosecutors charge 3 people with murder in Sacramento, California, mass shooting


Prosecutors filed murder charges in a mass shooting that rocked the California capital a month ago.

District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said Tuesday that Smiley Martin, Dandrae Martin and Mtula Payton have been charged with murder in the murders. All three face the death penalty if convicted, but that decision has yet to be made.

The gang feud erupted into gunfire before dawn on April 3 as patrons of bars and nightclubs emptied onto the streets of downtown Sacramento. Six people were killed in the bloodshed, including a man who was a suspected shooter.

A dozen others were shot and injured, including two other suspected gunmen. Police say at least five people fired bullets in the shooting.

Court documents described Smiley Martin as a dangerous and unrepentant gang member with a “lifetime commitment against violence”. Police said her brother, Dandrae Martin, also fired a gun during the melee.

Police have only identified four of the alleged gunmen: the Martin brothers, Payton and Devazia Turner.

Turner, 29, died in the shooting. The Martin brothers are both in prison. Police do not know where Payton, 27, is. The Martin brothers are due back in court on May 27, records show.

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The brothers’ attorneys have yet to publicly comment on the case.

Besides Turner, the other people who died in the shooting are Sergio Harris, Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, Johntaya Alexander, Yamile Martinez-Andrade and Melinda Davis.

Authorities say Harris and Hoye-Lucchesi were also involved in the dispute with the Martins, Turner and Payton.