Feb 18, 2016 8:17 PM by News Staff
Saturday's deadly attack that left a Willows man dead was allegedly carried out by three Orland residents under the orders of another person.
Wearing orange jail clothing and shackled at the waist, the three defendants appeared Thursday in Glenn County Superior Court in Orland, facing charges of second degree murder and conspiracy.
Joshua Holden, 20; Jorge Zarate; and 19-year-old Consuelo Ivette Pureco, all form Orland, allegedly drove to Willows Saturday with orders to "beat up" Robert James Stewart, according to court records. Those orders, its was revealed during Thursday's arraignment, came from Glenn County resident Jamie Michelle Barbeiro, who remained at large late Thursday and wanted on on the same murder and conspiracy charges as the others.
After locating Stewart that Saturday around 6 a.m., the three allegedly attacked Stewart on Butte Street in Willows. Stewart died of his injuries later on at Glenn medical center. The exact cause of death is still awaiting autopsy results
District Attorney Dwayne Stewart could not comment about why the attacked was ordered. But the D.A. say it's clear that the original intent was to hurt Stewart, not kill him.
The defendants delayed entering pleas Thursday so they could be given more time to consult with attorneys.. All three are scheduled to return to court March 2. Bail has been set for $2 million for each; and all three face 15 years-to-life in prison if convicted.
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