After months of delays, the two brothers charged in the car-to-car shooting in Palmdale, which led to the death of a 7-year-old girl, were finally arraigned Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
Jesus Alberto Peralta, 22, and Carlos Peralta, 20, pleaded not guilty to premeditated murder, shooting at an occupied motor vehicle, and three counts of attempted murder. The criminal case also includes gun and gang allegations.
The charges stem from a Sept. 4 gang-related incident in Palmdale that led to the death of 7-year-old Desirae Macias.
The incident occurred just before 1 a.m., and started out at the gas station at Fort Tejon Road and Pearblossom Highway(“Four Points”), according to sheriff’s detectives. The brothers allegedly issued a gang challenge to a male victim, and after a brief confrontation, the victim left the scene with his girlfriend and her two children, according to prosecutors.
The Peralta brothers got in a car and chased the family’s vehicle through a residential neighborhood, while firing several rounds at the family’s vehicle, according to prosecutors. Some time during the chase, Macias was shot in the head. She died later at a local hospital.
After pleading not guilty in an Antelope Valley courtroom Tuesday, Jesus and Carlos Peralta were each ordered back to custody on $8 million bail.
They are due back in court on Thursday, Feb. 13 for a preliminary hearing, where a judge will decide whether there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial.
If convicted as charged, the Peralta brothers each face a maximum prison sentence of 185 years to life.
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