FAIRFIELD — One of two suspects in the February fatal Hayes Street shooting made his first court appearance Tuesday.
Miguel Bastida, 18, did not enter a plea to a murder charge. Instead he had a deputy public defender appointed to serve as his attorney and he agreed to wait on entering a plea until March 20. He is locked up without bail.
Before Bastida’s brief court appearance, Adam Vasquez was in court and he also agreed to wait a week to enter a plea. Prosecutors filed a felony charge of being an accessory to a felon against Vasquez, believing he helped his brother elude police after the shooting.
Police arrested Vasquez last week and are still looking for his brother, Mario Vasquez, 20, who they believe shot Jesus Amaya several times outside a Hayes Street home on the night of Feb. 1. Police believe the shooting was gang-related.
Hayes Street was the site of another fatal shooting Monday night. The coroner’s office identified Clarence James, 47, of Fairfield, as the man who was shot three times a block from where Amaya was killed.
James was shot at around 8:40 p.m. He was airlifted to a Bay Area trauma center, where he died.
The investigation into James’ killing is ongoing, said Lt. Greg Hurlbut.
Monday’s fatal shooting on Hayes Street is the city’s fifth homicide of 2012.
Quincy Quinney, 26, of Suisun City, was Fairfield’s first homicide victim of the year. Quinney was shot and killed Jan. 7 at an apartment complex at 2000 Clay Bank Road. No suspects have been identified in connection with his killing.
Next was Amaya’s killing.
The city’s third and fourth homicides occurred during a gunfight shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot at the Parkway Gardens town home complex. Vedell Jamar Chew, 24, of Fairfield, and Bernard Francis Knight, 18, of East Palo Alto, died at the scene. Two suspects surrendered to police over the weekend. Prosecutors announced Tuesday that no charges would be filed against them. A third suspect remains at-large.
Anyone with information about Monday’s fatal shooting is asked to call the Fairfield Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit at 428-7600, a 24-hour tip line at 428-7345, or Crime Stoppers at 644-7867. Callers can remain anonymous.
Reach Jess Sullivan at 429-6919 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.