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Murder charges to be filed against pair linked to City College slaying

Tevita Kaihea, 19, who is suspected in the armed robbery of a Church's Chicken restaurant is arraigned on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015.
Tevita Kaihea, 19, who is suspected in the armed robbery of a Church's Chicken restaurant is arraigned on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015.

Sacramento prosecutors are filing murder and attempted murder charges against the two men connected to the fatal Sept. 3 shooting of 25-year-old Roman P. Gonzalez in a Sacramento City College parking lot.

Charlie Hola and Tevita Kaihea, both 19 of Sacramento, are expected to be arraigned on the new charges Thursday in Sacramento Superior Court before Superior Court Judge Ben Davidian, said Sacramento County District Attorney’s prosecutors on Tuesday.

Hola and Kaihea were booked Tuesday at Sacramento County jail where both have been held since September on suspicion of robbery in the Sept. 3 stickup of a Church’s Chicken restaurant on Florin Road less than two hours before the slaying, prosecutors said.

Sacramento police in late October had classified Hola and Kaihea persons of interest in Gonzalez’s slaying. Prosecutors in November then consolidated Hola’s and Kaihea’s cases in the Church’s robbery, but would not say whether they were pursuing murder charges .

Gonzalez, a City College student, was killed during a brawl in the parking lot on Sept. 3 on campus.

Police say Gonzalez and cousin Rico Ridgeway, 24, also a student at the campus, were fighting two men in a parking lot on the campus’ outskirts. Ridgeway allegedly stabbed Hola, who authorities said nearly died of his wounds.

Ridgeway was later arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon in the alleged attack on Hola, a former student at the school. Ridgeway returns Jan. 22 to Sacramento Superior Court

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Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040

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