Five individuals now face murder charges following a gruesome incident that shocked the Southern California community.
The tragedy unfolded at a desolate crossroads in the desert, where six lives were abruptly ended in what authorities describe as a dispute over marijuana.
The suspects Jose Nicolas Hernandez-Sarabia, Toniel Beaz-Duarte, Mateo Beaz-Duarte, Jose Gregorgio Hernandez-Sarabia, and Jose Manuel Burgos Parra are each accused of six counts of murder in addition to other robbery-related offenses, according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.
While Toniel Beaz-Duarte and Mateo Beaz-Duarte entered pleas of not guilty during their court appearance, the arraignment for the others is scheduled for the following day.
The grim discovery was made in the Mojave Desert near El Mirage after a distress call reporting gunshots. The victims, all men, were found deceased, with some bodies showing signs of burning. Law enforcement’s subsequent investigation led to the arrests and the recovery of firearms.
California’s Thriving Black Market
District Attorney Jason Anderson pointed to the incident as a stark example of the violence associated with illegal marijuana operations, echoing concerns voiced by law enforcement about the thriving black market in the state.
Sheriff Shannon Dicus…