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Man formally charged in shooting death of a Florin Road gas station attendant

Rodolfo Zavala
Rodolfo Zavala Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

Rodolfo Zavala was formally charged with murder Monday in the July 25 shooting death of a Florin Road gas station attendant.

Zavala’s arraignment in Sacramento came days after federal authorities arrested him and his younger brother in Mexico in connection with the killing.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Sweet read the murder charge along with misdemeanor drunken driving and suspended license offenses Zavala was alleged to have committed in the days before the deadly shooting. Sweet also appointed an attorney for Zavala and ordered the defendant to return Wednesday to court.

FBI agents picked up Zavala, 24, and younger brother, Ramon Zavala, 16, south of the border this past week in connection with the shooting death of Simranjit Singh, 20. Singh was killed at a Chevron gas station located at 8498 Florin Road.

Sacramento County sheriff’s detectives met federal officers in Los Angeles to take custody of the brothers before bringing them north back to Sacramento, sheriff’s officials said. The younger Zavala is being held in juvenile custody.

Authorities tie the Zavalas with a third man, Alexander Lopez, 40, in the slaying, which occurred after an alleged attack by the three men on one of Singh’s co-workers. Ramon Zavala is suspected of firing the weapon that killed Singh.

Rodolfo Zavala, who remains held without bail at Sacramento County Main Jail, is expected to have his case joined with Lopez’s at the Wednesday hearing.

Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040, @dvaughnsmith