Six men accused of participating in the barbershop shootout that killed a young mother who sacrificed her body to save the life of her young son have been ordered to stand trial for murder.
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Ernest W. Sawtelle issued the holding order today after a preliminary hearing that took up 14 court days spread out over more than six months.
Held to answer on the murder charges were Lonnie Orlando Mitchell Jr., 26; Louis James Mitchell, 21; James Leo Carney III, 33; Charles Barksdale, 31; Dominque Marcell Lott, 29; and Larry Dean Jones Jr., 31.
The six are being held on the murder charge in the Dec. 14, 2010, shooting death of Monique Nelson, 30, who threw herself over her then-2-year-old son when gunfire broke out at the Fly Cuts 'N Styles barbershop on Stockton Boulevard and spread to the surrounding strip mall. Nelson had taken her son the mall to have some Christmas pictures taken.
Charles Barksdale's cousin, Marvion Barksdale, 20, also was killed in the gunfire, but no charges were filed for his death because prosecutors said he led the raid that sparked the shootout. According to testimony at the hearing, Marvion Barksdale was mad at Louis Mitchell, who was at the barbershop, for robbing a friend of his flashy "gold grill" teeth ornament.
Assault charges were also filed in the case over the shooting injuries sustained by four other people in the exchange of gunfire.