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Man faces murder charge in New Year’s party shooting

Marcus Gammage made his first court appearance since his arrest on suspicion of murder in a fatal shooting outside a Rancho Cordova New Year’s Eve party.

Gammage, 19, was arrested without incident Sunday in Tracy and booked into Sacramento County Main Jail, accused of killing Darien McLauren, 23, according to Sacramento County sheriff’s officials. McLauren was shot just before 2 a.m. Friday as a party was winding down in the 3200 block of Nosler Court in Rancho Cordova.

Sheriff’s officials in a statement said Gammage fired the fatal shot during a dispute outside the residence.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Ben Davidian read the charge before a courtroom filled to capacity with family and friends of both Gammage and McLaurin, the two sides separated by the walkway that splits the gallery. Gammage, through an attorney, asked for time to hire counsel. Gammage plans to retain Sacramento defense attorney Jeffrey Fletcher, he said, and will return to court for further arraignment Jan. 29.

Gammage’s family left without speaking to a reporter. McLaurin’s family spoke briefly with prosecuting Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney Donell Slivka after the brief proceedings, but declined to comment.

Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040, @dvaughnsmith