A Ceres man will face trial beginning Oct. 15 for the 2011 fatal shooting of a south Modesto teenager.
Murder suspect Saul Hernandez, 35, turned himself into police after he eluded a west Ceres manhunt that disrupted the Blaker Kinser Junior High School area neighborhood. He is now being charged with murder and negligent discharge of a firearm.
A pretrial hearing will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 13.
Alberto Beraza, 16, was fatally shot at approximately 5:20 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 22, 2011 in front of Boomers Car Audio on Crows Landing Road south of Hatch Road. Sheriff's deputies called for a "be on the lookout" for a white Audi that left the scene and traveled southbound on Crows Landing Road, along with a partial license plate number.
Ceres Police Street Crimes Unit officer Jeremy Caron researched records and developed a lead that the car belonged to Hernandez, a resident of the 2800 block of Morgan Road. Officers watched the house after seeing the Audi parked in the driveway with a second car. A short while later, occupants of the house got in the respective cars and left. Both were pulled over. Hernandez's wife was driving the Audi - which had blood on the body - and was detained for questioning, as was the other driver.
During the car stops, police surrounded the house but Hernandez was still at large. Authorities obtained a search warrant and combed through the house for evidence.
Hernandez turned himself in at approximately midnight that night after driving to the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department on Hackett Road.