Charges Dismissed for Libby Lake Shooting Suspect - NBC 7 San Diego

Charges Dismissed for Libby Lake Shooting Suspect



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    Melanie Virgen, 13, and Edgar Sanchez Rios, 16, were shot and killed by unknown suspects at Libby Lake Park in Oceanside on Mar. 13.

    Charges have been dismissed against a teenager accused in two high-profile murders in Libby Lake Park.

    NBC 7 has learned the San Diego District Attorney's Office has decided not to charge Brian Bodden, 19, in the deaths of Edgar Sanchez Rios, 16, and Melanie Virgen, 13.

    The two teens were gunned down in the Oceanside park on March 13, 2013.

    Prosecutors told the judge in the case that although evidence implicated Bodden in the shooting, they were not confident they could prove the case against him beyond a reasonable doubt.

    A preliminary hearing is scheduled July 7 for the four defendants Martin Melendrez, 23, of Vista; Santo Diaz, 20, of Oceanside; Michael Zurita, 20, of Vista and Kevin Brizuela, 18.

    Each faces two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

    Prosecutors claim the four suspects killed Vergen and Sanchez in relation to gang activity.

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