One of the men arrested for the murders of six family members in a rural California town pleaded not guilty to charges of murder.
Noah David Beard, 25, was arraigned on Wednesday in a Tulare County Courthouse for his role in the massacre in the small town of Goshen.
Investigators say he was responsible for the ‘execution-style’ killings of 16-year-old mother Alissa Parraz and her 10-month old son, Nycholas Parraz. Surveillance footage taken from that night shows a man follow the mother and son as they try to flee from the home, then pull out a gun as he closes in.
His accomplice, Angel ‘Nanu’ Uriarte, remains hospitalized. When federal agents moved to arrest him on February 3, he engaged them in a gunfight and was wounded.
The public waited for answers for about 3 weeks after the horrifying massacre. However, Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said the two suspects were identified on January 23. They were placed under constant surveillance until investigators had an substantial evidence against them.
‘We knew every move they were making. The public was not at risk,’ Boudreaux said.
The other victims included Eladio Parraz, 52, Jennifer Analla, 49, Marcos Parraz, 19, and Rosa Parraz, 72. Each of the victims was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head.
Investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the gruesome crime. They currently believe it to be related to a much larger gang rivalry.
‘In the beginning, I had mentioned this was a cartel-like shooting. And as all of you can imagine, this is exactly what it appears to be,’ Boudreaux said.
Beard and Uriarte are known associates of the Norteños, a street gang associated with the Nuestra Familia prison gang.
Investigators said at least two members of the Parraz family were members of the Sureños, a rival gang prominent in southern California.
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