Q: Any updates on the criminal proceedings for the three defendants in the shooting Dec. 31, 2012, in Old Sacramento? It was last reported that the trial was set to begin March 5.
A: Trial dates have been reset several times for the three people arrested in the 2012 New Year’s Eve shooting death of 35-year-old Gabriel Cordova and 36-year-old Daniel Ferrier at the Sports Corner Cafe in Old Sacramento.
Carlito Montoya and Charles Wesley Fowler-Scholz are charged with murder in the case, and Fowler-Scholz’s wife, Amber Olvia Scholz, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon. According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, the trial for Amber Scholz is set for June 11, while Monoya and Fowler-Scholz are scheduled for a trial readiness conference Aug. 14, with a Sept. 9 trial date.
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Amber Scholz is accused of triggering the events that led to the shootings when she reacted angrily after Cordova accidentally spilled beer on her. She allegedly told her husband to “go get” Cordova, and Fowler-Scholz reportedly smashed Cordova in the face with a beer bottle. As Ferrier, an Iraq war veteran who worked security at the bar, approached to break up the fight, Montoya allegedly walked up and shot him, then turned and shot Cordova.
Cordova’s wife and another security employee in the bar were wounded.