LANCASTER – Three men charged with murder and gang enhancements stemming from a daylight shooting in Lancaster last year appeared in an Antelope Valley courtroom Wednesday.
Terrell Henderson, 21, Joshua Lockett, 20, and Randy Sullivan, 35, pleaded not guilty, and a preliminary hearing was set for March 19, according to Sandi Gibbons, public information officer for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
The three men were arrested on Nov. 29, 2012, hours after Brandon Houston was shot to death in Lancaster.
At approximately 1:09 p.m. that day, Lancaster deputies responded to the 43000 Block of Gadsden Avenue regarding an assault with a deadly weapon call, according to a Sheriff’s Department press report.
When officers arrived, they saw a Houston lying on the street suffering from several gunshot wounds to the upper torso. Houston, 21, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Investigators learned that the victim and several suspects were involved in a fight on the street, when one of the suspects pulled out a gun and fatally shot the victim, the sheriff’s press report states.
Family members said the street fight stemmed from a verbal dispute between Houston and the mother of his child, which escalated when the woman called the three suspects over to Houston’s home.
Houston’s sister, Lakeisha Coulter, said she witnessed the street fight and the shooting.
Henderson, Lockett and Sullivan were involved in the street fight with Houston, but there was a fourth man who pulled the trigger, Coulter claims. (Read more here.)
Only Henderson, Lockett and Sullivan are charged in Houston’s death. Each suspect remains jailed on $2 million bail.