The Nevada County District Attorney’s Office has opted against filing a murder charge against the primary suspect in a drug deal-related shooting that left a woman brain dead.
That decision could change, however, Assistant District Attorney Chris Walsh said Friday.
Dakari Mondell Harris, 22, of Shreveport, Louisiana; and Trey Rondal Richard, 22; Devon Deontae Jennings, 21; William Rynell Levise, 31; Ronney Turner, 31; and Laderrick Timothy Wynn, 20, all of Dallas, have been charged with being members of a criminal conspiracy with the intent to transport marijuana out of state and theft by false pretenses, and with shooting at an occupied motor vehicle.
The alleged shooter, Trey Richard, also faces an enhancement of personal use of a firearm causing great bodily injury and death.
The men face charges in connection with the shooting of 36-year-old Shanta Olsen, of Nevada County, authorities said.
Walsh said changes in California law mean his office cannot file murder charges against anyone other than the actual shooter in this case.
“We are alleging conspiracy,” he said, adding that while only Richard shot at the occupied vehicle, the other five men were part of the conspiracy and the shooting was a foreseeable action. Under the law, he added, they are all liable for the crimes committed, other than murder.
Richard faces a potential sentence of 34 years to life if convicted on those counts and the enhancement, Walsh said. The other five men could face as much as nine years in prison, or more if evidence of prior offenses is uncovered.
A seventh suspect, Juan Jerome McHenry, 31, was not charged after investigators concluded there was enough evidence to show his involvement, Walsh said.
Walsh did not rule out amending his filing to include a murder charge against Richard.
“The victim was still on life support