FAIRFIELD — A Vacaville man was ordered Thursday to stand trial on a murder charge for the July 9, 2013, execution-style shooting death of a Suisun City man at a rural home in the hills north of Vacaville.
The suspect, 27-year-old Sergio Perez, spent much of his probable cause hearing crying and sobbing. His mother and father and other loved ones also cried through much of the hearing.
Some of the family of the victim, Jimmy Degros, expressed resentment over Perez’s self-pity.
A friend of Degros testified they had gone to Perez’s home on Steiger Hills Road where they drank Coors light beer with Perez and his younger brother, Eriberto Perez. Everybody except Degros also smoked some marijuana before the friend left Degros with the brothers and drove to Sacramento. The friend tried calling Degros a few hours later, but all he heard when Degros’ phone was answered was some commotion before the call disconnected.
Sheriff’s deputies testified they got to the home around 9 p.m., about 20 minutes after reports of a shot being fired. Deputies spotted Perez driving from the home in his pickup truck and blocked his truck in the driveway, causing him to briefly try to flee without success in the opposite direction before surrendering. In the back of the truck under a sheet of plywood they found the body of Degros, who had been shot in the head. His body was covered with absorbent powder typically used to soak up oil spills.
Investigators found more of the absorbent powder in the home and they found blood stains in the driveway that had recently been hosed down. Inside the home, they found a sophisticated marijuana-growing operation, with hundreds of budding plants, along with 23 pounds of processed marijuana and nearly an ounce of cocaine.
Most of the tears Perez shed came as prosecutor Krishna Abrams was playing a videotape recorded in one of the sheriff’s patrol cars where Perez was secured after his arrest. The video showed deputies discovering Degros’ body and their search of the area afterword.
The video featured audio of Perez crying and shouting about how he is going to spend the rest of life in prison. Then Perez starts blurting out various excuses for the killing, loudly claiming it was an accident and that it was somebody else’s fault.
Judge Donna Stashyn ordered Perez to return to court May 8 to be arraigned on a murder charge and on charges of possessing marijuana and cocaine for sale. He is in jail with bail set at $5 million.
Before deputies arrived at the Steiger Hills Road home, Perez’s brother left in an old gold Cadillac. Fairfield police found the Cadillac a week later. Authorities believe Eriberto Perez may have fled to Oregon.
Anyone with any information about Eriberto “Eddie” Perez is asked to call the Solano County Sheriff’s Office at 421-7090 or Solano County Crime Stoppers at 644-7867.
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