Five out of the six co-defendants charged in a case involving the fatal shooting of 36-year-old Shanta Olsen appeared Monday in court after all six men were indicted on felony charges by a grand jury last month.
The arraignment will continue on Wednesday, when all defendants are expected to enter pleas and where the question of bail for the accused men will be considered by a Nevada County Superior Court judge.
Dakari Mondell Harris, 22, Trey Rondal Richard, 23, Devon Deontae Jennings, 21, William Rynell Levise, 31 and Ronney Turner, 31, were all present in Nevada County Superior Court to answer for a range of felony counts, including conspiracy to transport marijuana, illegal firearm usage, and gang enhancement charges, according to court records. Richard himself is facing a murder charge in connection with Olsen’s death, in addition to other charges, and has been in custody since his arrest in November.
All men have pleaded not guilty to all charges against them, court records show.
Laderrick Timothy Wynn, 20, is also named in last month’s indictment, but did not appear in court on Monday, as his attorney, Kelly Lynn Babineau, couldn’t attend. Wynn is expected to appear at Wednesday’s hearing, according to prosecutors involved in the case.
At the Monday hearing, prosecutors asked Judge Robert Tice-Raskin to book the accused men into the Nevada County Jail, requesting that the bail for each of the defendants be set at $1 million. The prosecution’s request does not apply to Richard, who is already in custody without bail.
Assistant District Attorney Chris Walsh argued that the high bail amount for the five co-defendants was justified for multiple reasons, including the unique gang enhancement charges present in the case, as well as past judicial precedent affirming a court’s authority to approve