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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Is trial date set for defendants in Old Sacramento New Year’s Eve shooting?

Amber Olivia Scholz
Amber Olivia Scholz

Q: What’s happening with the suspects in the New Year’s Eve Old Sacramento bar shooting?

L Sac, Sacramento

A: The three people arrested in connection with the Dec. 31, 2012, shooting death of 35-year-old Gabriel Cordova and 36-year-old Daniel Ferrier at the Sports Corner Cafe in Old Sacramento are still awaiting trial.

Carlito Montoya and Charles Wesley Fowler-Scholz are charged with murder in the case, and Fowler-Scholz’s wife, Amber Olivia Scholz, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon. According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, a trial readiness conference for the three is scheduled Feb. 27 and the trial is set to begin March 5.

Amber Scholz is accused of triggering the events led to the fatal 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 the men 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.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.