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Judge blocks defense move to limit evidence in upcoming murder trial

Miguel Bastida, right, a suspect in the Feb. 1, 2012, shooting death of Jesus "Jessie" Amaya, appears in Solano County Superior Court with his attorney Oscar Bobrow, in 2012. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

Miguel Bastida, right, a suspect in the Feb. 1, 2012, shooting death of Jesus "Jessie" Amaya, appears in Solano County Superior Court with his attorney Oscar Bobrow, in 2012. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

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From page A3 | July 30, 2013 |

FAIRFIELD — A 19-year-old Fairfield man who faces a murder charge in what prosecutors describe as a gang-related killing was in court briefly Monday, where his lawyer lost an effort to throw out incriminating statements his client gave police after his arrest.

The ruling came with the man’s jury trial set to begin next week.

Miguel Bastida Jr., 19, has pleaded not guilty in the shooting death of Jesus “Jessie” Amaya on the night of Feb. 1, 2012.

Bastida is accused of joining his friend, Mario Vasquez, in mugging Amaya as he walked along Hayes Street. When Amaya ran from the pair, he was shot and killed. Police believe Vasquez was the triggerman, but since Bastida allegedly joined in the robbery scheme, he is being prosecuted for aiding and abetting the killing.

Police have previously said Amaya was targeted because he was a rival gang member. Authorities are still looking for Vasquez, 21, who they believe may have fled to Mexico.

Bastida’s trial is set to get underway Aug. 7.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or jsullivan@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.
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