Three of six people arrested in connection with the shooting death of a Carlsbad man

VISTA (CNS) – Arraignment is scheduled Thursday for three of six people arrested in connection with the shooting death of a Carlsbad man during a pre- planned robbery and burglary at his home.

Joseph Verkade, 34, Michael Gault, 30, and Heather Strauch, 32, were taken into custody Monday in the April 1 death of Michael Sahagun. The 63-year- old victim's body was found in the detached garage of his Valley Street home. He had been shot in the chest.

On April 2, two men and a woman — Grant Hunter, 23, Gary Gomez, 26, and 19-year-old Mercedes Yorba were arrested in connection with Sahagun's death.

Hunter and Yorba were each charged with murder. Gomez was charged with being an accessory after the fact.

At their arraignment last week, prosecutor Matthew Greco said Hunter and Yorba targeted the victim, and Gomez provided assistance afterward.

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