The sentencing of Jesus Manuel Rodriguez, 23, of Patterson, and Edgar Barajas, 24, of Modesto, was postponed until May 29, because defense attorneys Robert Winston and Ernie Spokes asked for more time to review the prosecution’s response to their dismissal motion filed in January.
The defense attorneys received the response late last week, according to Winston, who asked for 30 days to review the documents. The court calendar was booked, however, until May 29.
Both Rodriguez and Barajas were convicted in May of participating in the drive-by killing of 17-year-old Ernestina Tizoc in Oregon Park in Modesto’s Airport District. The two could be sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for murder, conspiracy to commit murder and participation in a street gang.