Two of the five men held in the fatal stabbing of a Los Angeles-area man at a downtown Davis nightspot asked a judge Wednesday for time to get their own attorneys.
Carlos Biviescas and Anthony Daniel Rivera appeared Wednesday in Yolo Superior Court before Judge Arvid Johnson, hearing formal charges of murder and committing a crime on behalf of a criminal street gang in connection with the Sept. 19 stabbing death of Peter Alexander Gonzales, 23, of Hacienda Heights at KetMoRee, a downtown Davis nightclub and eatery.
Biviescas also faces enhancements connected to prison terms for felony convictions in 2011 and 2014 out of Solano County.
One after the other, Biviescas and Rivera said they planned to retain counsel. Johnson told the pair to return to court Monday. They will join co-defendants Martyn Alex Contreras and Zackary Thomas Sandeno, who first appeared in court last week and will resume their arraignment, and Victor Manuel Vergara, who made his first court appearance Tuesday and planned to hire a private attorney.
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The deadly downtown Davis incident led city leaders on Tuesday to approve a 45-day moratorium on building or expanding bars, nightclubs and restaurants at a special City Council meeting attended by members of Davis’ restaurant community.
The ordinance, Davis officials say, will give the community time to evaluate whether the venues are expanding too fast for the city’s safety.