A 3rd suspect has been charged in the shooting death of the 24-year-old man who died trying to rescue his 68-year-old grandfather from a trio of bandits.
Edwin Alexander Bonilla, 27, is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday afternoon on a slew of charges stemming from the January 9 murder of Danilo Estuardo Morales, including murder, attempted murder, assault with a firearm and 2nd-degree robbery. CNS reports the murder charge includes the special circumstance allegation of murder during the commission of a robbery.
2 other suspects, 22-year-old Evin Adonis Ortiz and 29-year-old Rene Ramirez, were charged January 17 with the same crimes. Ramirez has been identified as the alleged gunman and has also been charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.
Morales rushed outside on the evening of January 9 after he heard his grandfather, Manuel Flores, calling for help and the sound of a gunshot in the driveway of Morales' North Hollywood home in the 8100 block of Coldwater Canyon Avenue. He chased the suspects as they fled in their white Mitsubishi Montero, and one of the men, allegedly Ramirez, opened fire on him. Morales was struck in the head and pronounced dead at a local hospital.
The criminals stole Flores' wallet and jewelry but left him unharmed.
Prosecutors will later decide whether the death penalty is warranted for the 3 suspects.