Guillermo Teran, 23, of Oxnard and Tomas Ramos Ochoa, 34, of Los Angeles are facing murder and attempted murder charges following what appears to have been a drug deal gone bad. Teran, who has a criminal history that includes convictions for drug crimes, is alleged to have fired the shots that killed Christian Barrera-Rivera, 23 and Sony Pena, 28.
According to police reports, Barrera-Rivera and Pena arranged to meet the defendants in Woodland Hills to conduct a drug-related transaction. Shortly after their arrival, the pair was fired upon by Teran and Ochoa. Barrera-Rivera and Pena fled the scene in their vehicle, but following a chase, Teran and Ochoa again confronted the victims in Tarzana, where the fatal shootings occurred. Pena was declared dead at the scene, and Barrera-Rivera died later at a local hospital.
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Teran was convicted of drug crimes in federal court in 2012. In addition to the multiple murder charges, both men also face charges of murder during the commission of a robbery and murder by means of discharging a firearm.
If you’ve been accused of murder, you need an experienced murder lawyer, like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has practiced criminal defense exclusively in Ventura County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years. When allegations against you also include drug crimes, it is especially important to work with a drug crimes lawyer who will aggressively defend your rights.
Both murder and drug crimes carry stiff penalties in California. In cases like this, the circumstances of the case may lead the prosecutor to seek the death penalty against you. Another possibility is that you’ll face a life sentence with no possibility of parole. In either case, your best defense strategy is to work with an aggressive murder lawyer who also has significant defense experience as drug crimes lawyer. Don’t wait, and don’t trust an inexperienced attorney when your future is at stake.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County murder case.
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