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Judge sets March trial date for Bracamontes in 2014 deputy slayings

Luis Monroy Bracamontes
Luis Monroy Bracamontes

A March 2017 trial date was set Friday for Luis Monroy Bracamontes and wife Janelle Monroy as attorneys for the suspect in the slaying of two sheriff’s deputies press ahead with plans to move the case out of Sacramento County.

Trial for Bracamontes was set for March 22, 2017, by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White. Bracamontes has been jailed since a daylong rampage through Sacramento and Placer counties on Oct. 24, 2014, killed Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Davis Jr., and left a Sacramento motorist gravely wounded.

Oliver was gunned down in a Motel 6 parking lot on Arden Way. Davis was later ambushed and killed in an Auburn cul-de-sac.

Bracamontes was flushed out of an Auburn home after a massive manhunt and arrested in Auburn later that day.

White, in January, determined Bracamontes fit to stand trial in the killings.

Bracamontes faces the death penalty in the deputies’ slayings. Monroy, with Bracamontes at the time of the killings, faces life in prison.

Bracamontes, flanked by deputies, walked in a bobbing strut to the defense table to face White, flashed a broad smile to his counsel, deputy Sacramento County Public Defender Norm Dawson, then looked long at a uniformed Placer County sheriff’s deputy in the gallery before turning back to the bench.

Monroy, accused of helping Bracamontes move the rifle that killed Oliver between carjacked cars, let out a loud sigh and clasped her hands after deputies led her to her seat beside defense attorney Peter Kmeto.

Dawson and fellow county public defender Jeff Barbour told White they plan to file a change of venue motion, asking that the case be moved from Sacramento Superior Court in time for a Sept. 30 hearing date.

White asked Bracamontes if he agreed with the March trial date. Bracamontes responded casually, “Yeah, that’s good.”

Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040, @dvaughnsmith

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