UPDATE, August 7: The hearings that had been scheduled for Friday and next Monday have been rescheduled. Bernalwood will provide details on new hearing dates when they are available.
Neighbor Sarah is Bernalwood’s official unofficial liaison with local law-enforcement agencies, and she brings this update on the criminal proceedings now underway for the suspects arrested in connection with last winter’s violent mugging spree in Bernal Heights:
I emailed the assistant DA on the Bernal robbery suspects’ cases, and she had a few updates.
– No plea deal was reached at the meeting last Weds. The DA is open to a plea bargain but with serious prison time (10+ years) attached.
The evidentiary hearing IS scheduled to go forward this Friday (8/9) and Monday (8/12), but the defense has filed another motion to continue (ie, reschedule). The DA’s office plans to oppose this. The judge will decide whether to move forward or not, and we will not know this before.
So, as was the case before, we want to show community support for our neighbors who were victims or witnesses to these crimes and who must appear if the hearing does go forward.
The suspects have consistently had many supporters in the courtroom, and testifying in any hearing or trial can be an unnerving proposition. So if you have time or can make time to attend on Friday, even if it’s only for an hour or two, I know our neighbors would appreciate it.
Right now, only two people have signed up.
Use this form to sign up (ignore the hearing for 7/31, which has already occurred). And many thanks for the community support as this schedule has dragged out (which is, unfortunately, common).