Murder suspect Saul Hernandez, 35, of Ceres, has been found guilty for the first-degree murder of a south Modesto teenager in 2011.
At the culmination of a three-week trial, a jury found Hernandez guilty Monday afternoon, March 24 of fatally shooting Alberto Beraza, 16, on Monday, Aug. 22, 2011 in front of Boomers Car Audio on Crows Landing Road south of Hatch Road.
Sentencing will be handed down on April 22 by Stanislaus Superior Court Judge Linda McFadden with Hernandez facing 50 years to life.
Stanislaus County Sheriff's deputies issued a "be on the lookout" for a white Audi that left the scene of the deadly shooting and indicated the direction of travel as 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.