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Trial nears for pair accused of gunning down teen brothers on Fruitridge Road

Men suspected of gunning down Murti brothers arraigned in Sacramento

At Sacramento Superior Court Hieu Hoang, 20, and Richard Jefferson Saterfield, 21, each were arraigned on suspicion of two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of brothers Daniel Robert Murti, 19, and Sergio Murti, 15.​ Family and friends of th
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At Sacramento Superior Court Hieu Hoang, 20, and Richard Jefferson Saterfield, 21, each were arraigned on suspicion of two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of brothers Daniel Robert Murti, 19, and Sergio Murti, 15.​ Family and friends of th

The men accused of killing teen brothers Daniel and Sergio Murti in a hail of gunfire outside a Fruitridge Road strip mall nearly two years ago will soon stand trial in the deadly shootings.

Hieu Hoang and Richard Saterfield will return Feb. 28 to a Sacramento courtroom where the case will be set for trial, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman said Friday.

Both men face two counts of murder in the daylight slayings of Daniel, 19, and Sergio, 15, blocks from the brothers’ home on Nina Way.

The tension, sizable family presence and heavy security that marked the accused duo’s earliest court appearances was largely absent Friday.

It was about noon on May 11, 2017, when Sacramento County prosecutors said the Murtis were ambushed by two men as they walked along the 5200 block of Fruitridge Road. The gunmen armed with .40-caliber handguns opened fire, killing the brothers in the parking lot of the strip mall before speeding off in what witnesses described as a light-colored sport-utility vehicle.

Hoang was arrested the following day, May 12, 2017; Saterfield, a day later on May 13, after surrendering to authorities.

Hoang and Saterfield remain held without bail in Sacramento County Main Jail.

At a gathering Friday evening, family and friends wept and remembered teenage brothers gunned down in front of a south Sacramento market Thursday.

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Darrell Smith covers courts and California news for The Sacramento Bee. He joined The Bee in 2006 and previously worked at newspapers in Palm Springs, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Marysville. A Sacramento Valley native, Smith was born and raised at Beale Air Force Base, near Marysville.
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