Monday, August 31, 2009

Arraignment in Sanders case scheduled for today UPDATED

Jeffrey Allan Burgess, 39; Tracey Joleen Williams, 35; and Ruben Anthony Peredia, 32, - charges of first-degree murder. The three have pleaded not guilty....They face life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Burgess will also stand trial for additional special allegations that the murder was committed in the course of an attempted armed robbery and that he discharged a firearm, killing Sanders. He will also face a charge of being a felon in possession of a handgun. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges....

Two suspects in February murder headed to trial
On Monday, Burgess, 39, and Williams, 35, both of Eureka, reaffirmed their not guilty pleas before Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Bruce Watson, and were assured the continued service of public defenders after confirming their incomes had not changed.

Both have been charged with Sanders' murder, while Burgess is also charged with a special allegation of firing the bullet that killed Sanders.

Burgess' trial is set to begin Nov. 30 at 8:30 a.m., with a trial readiness conference scheduled for Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. Codefendant Williams' trial is set for Oct. 19 at 8:30 a.m. with a trial conference scheduled for Oct. 5.

Two other defendants in the shooting -- Ruben Anthony Peredia, 32, of Eureka and Lukus Larry Mace, 31, of Orleans -- have entered into plea deals.

Peredia was sentenced to 13 years, four months, in state prison last week. Mace pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in early August and agreed to testify against his co-defendants. He faces a maximum of six years in prison.


  1. It just struck me this morning: Is this Jeffrey Burgess any relation to Chris Burgess and his mother?

  2. I have been wondering the same thing.

  3. The alleged murder fellow has two listed relatives in the area while and there are 35 other people in the area listed with the last name Burgess.

    I am not proud of working minimum wage for the credit industry at one point in my life, but I did learn something about names from looking at so many. This is an extremely common last name for southern people. For instance, the state of Oklahoma has thousands of people with this name.

    I doubt any relation unless you consider all Okies to be related.

  4. NO, there is not any relation between Chris Burgess and Jeff.


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