VALE — The plea hearing for one of the three co-defendants in a shooting in December of 2018 followed by a standoff in an Ontario neighborhood has been pushed back.
A plea hearing for Xavier Machuca, 27, of Ontario, was slated for Feb. 11, but was moved today to March 21 at 8:15 a.m.
Machuca is facing charges of attempted murder, assault in the first degree and unlawful use of a weapon, plus the added charge of unlawful possession of a weapon.
A second co-defendant Braden Learned, 31, of Ontario, pleaded not guilty to a charge of hindering prosecution during his hearing on Jan. 14. His trial is set to start on Feb. 13.
The third co-defendant Jasmine Ceballos, 20, of Ontario, also pleaded not guilty to charges she was facing on Jan. 14. The court has set two separate trials for her charges. These include a misdemeanor charge of recklessly endangering another person, and felony charges of hindering prosecution and unlawful possession of a firearm. The trial for the misdemeanor is March 18, and the trial for the felonies is June 3-4.
The shooting is said to have occurred on Dec. 21, 2018, after which the victim was picked up by a passerby and taken to a local hospital to be treated for a head wound.
Later that afternoon, when police were attempting to arrest Machuca, a standoff ensued for several hours at Fairview Apartments in Ontario. He eventually yielded.