The two teens accused of killing a Hanford woman appeared in court Friday afternoon and neither suspect entered a plea. They are both scheduled to appear in court again August 2nd.
A 17-year-old Jose Saldana and 18-year-old Mauricio Ortiz were arrested Thursday. Both are Norteno gang members. Investigators say the 17-year-old Norteno gang member saw Denise McVay washing her car at 4:30 a.m Tuesday morning. She was attacked, stabbed, and her throat was slit. Investigators learned through interviews that the killer "wanted to kill somebody".
"This is one of the most callous homicides I've come across. This is quite frankly killing for fun," said Carlos Mestas, Hanford Police Chief.
The 17-year-old is facing a long list of charges that include murder and carjacking. His friend, Mauricio Ortiz is facing accessory charges. The Police Chief is pushing to have the 17-year-old tried as an adult.