Man faces murder charges for allegedly shooting teen at party
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A man accused of fatally shooting a teen 17 years ago during a party in the Mountain View area will face trial on one count of murder, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Alfredo Munoz Yanez, now 37, will also face an allegation that he used a firearm in the Sept. 18, 1999, slaying of 15-year-old Wilberto Rodriguez.
Yanez was ordered to trial by Judge Frederic Link following a preliminary hearing. He faces 45 years to life in state prison if convicted.
The defendant is accused of getting into a scuffle with the victim at a birthday celebration at a home in the 4300 block of Newton Avenue. The fight ended when Yanez, who went by the nickname "Scarface," and a cohort of his allegedly pulled handguns and shot the teen.
Yanez is believed to have fled south of the border shortly after the slaying. He was arrested in Mexico and turned over to U.S. authorities in July.
The second assailant, George David Garcia, then 22, was arrested three weeks after the slaying and convicted of murder in 2000, Deputy District Attorney Kristie Nikoletich said.
Yanez will receive a trial date at a hearing set for Jan. 5.