Thursday , July 24, 2014 - 11:30 AM
OGDEN -- Details of the night Ruben Nava allegedly shot and killed a man at a party over gang disputes are beginning to surface.
Nava is charged with the murder of 23-year-old Mario Saucedo. He appeared in the 2nd District Court of Ogden on Tuesday after prosecutors requested time to have a witness testify into the record in advance of the preliminary hearing scheduled for Aug. 1.
On Sept. 8, 2013, Roy police responded to reports of gunshots at a residence. They found Saucedo dead from a gunshot wound to the chest. Nava was arrested the next day.
The state’s witness would not be available for the preliminary hearing, so Judge Noel Hyde allowed the witness to be heard early.
Adult Probation and Parole officer Stuart Carver was asked to testify. Carver was one of many officers who assisted in the investigation into the shooting death of Saucedo.
Carver described interviewing one witness who allegedly saw Nava shoot Saucedo.
The witness was at a party in Roy where he saw Nava and Saucedo, identified by their nicknames Glavo and Demon, respectively.
As the party went on, Glavo and Demon began arguing about their gang affiliations, mentioning Ogden Trece and 18th Street from Los Angeles. The exact nature of the argument is not known, but it was clear the two were from different gangs, Carver said.
The witness said the argument began escalating and other partygoers attempted to break up what had become a fight. Just as it seemed it was over and Glavo and Demon were walking away from each other, the witness heard and saw the muzzle flash of three gunshots coming from Glavo’s direction.
The witness said he thought at first that Glavo was shooting at him, so he quickly punched him in the face.
Glavo told him he wasn't trying to hit him. Then the witness heard someone shouting, “They shot Demon.”
Carver described the interview and an audio recording was played for the court.
More witnesses will take the stand at the preliminary hearing, to determine if there is probable cause to put Nava on trial in the murder.
Nava claims he only fired once at Saucedo during a confrontation in which he was trying to scare Saucedo and a group of his friends, according to charging documents.
The court documents say Nava told one person at the party before the shooting that “something bad might happen, and that if anything did happen, not to worry about him.”
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