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DA charges four in shotgun slaying committed during alleged botched drug deal

By André Coleman 01/31/2013

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Three men and one woman have been charged in connection with the shotgun slaying of a Pasadena man during an alleged drug deal gone bad — the second gun-related killing in Pasadena in three weeks.

Arrested in connection with the Jan. 15 shooting death of 21-year-old Zane Goldstein of Pasadena were: Peter Parra, 35, an alleged gang member and parolee from Pasadena; Jessie Cabrera, 25, of North Hollywood; Raymond Frank Conchas Jr., 23, also of North Hollywood; and Stephanie Urias Jacquez, 20, Conchas’ girlfriend and also a resident of North Hollywood. 

On Friday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged Jacquez with murder. Also on Friday, Parra, Cabrera and Conchas were charged with murder, second-degree robbery, murder in the commission of a robbery and intentional discharge of a firearm in connection with the death of Goldstein, according to Pasadena police Lt. Tracey Ibarra.

Authorities say Goldstein was shot in the head with a shotgun after attempting to sell a small amount of marijuana while sitting in a parked car on Chester Avenue, near Maple Street, with his brother, Zachary, 24.

Parra, Cabrera, Conchas and Jacquez are set to be arraigned Feb. 7 in Pasadena Superior Court.

This is the second recent shooting in Pasadena. On Christmas Day, 49-year-old Victor McClinton Jr., a law enforcement technician with the LA County Sheriff’s Department and a well-known and much-beloved youth advocate, was shot and killed while standing in front of his Northwest Pasadena home. The man who police say was the intended target of the shooter, 24-year-old Damion Taylor, was hit while driving by McClinton’s Newport Avenue house, but survived the attack. 

Charged with murder in that case are Larry Darnell Bishop Jr., 20, of Chino, and an unidentified 17-year-old. Charged with being an accessory to the crime is Gary Arthur David, 20, of Pasadena. All three of those suspects have pleaded not guilty and are due back in court Feb. 15.

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