Four teenagers have been arraigned in the shocking gang rape case that has horrified the entire nation. The defendants, Manuel Ortega, 19, Cody Ray Smith, 15, Ari Abdallah Morales, 16 of and Marcelles James Peter, 17 filed into the Contra County Superior Court today wearing bulletproof vests. Smith was the only to plead not guilty, while the rest declined to enter a plea. Smith, Morales and Peter are all being charged with rape and sexual penetration with a foreign object. Prosecutors say...Read Full Story
Arrests continue to be made today in the case of a brutal gang rape that occurred outside a homecoming dance in Richmond, California. Among those arrested is 21-year-old Salvador Rodriguez. The others arrested are all minors, and their names have not been released to the press. Rodriguez joins 19-year-old Manuel Ortega as the two adults arrested in connection with the crime. Also arrested today were a 16-year-old San Pablo boy and a 17-year-old Pinole boy. Police say they expect to arrest...Read Full Story
Ari Abdallah Morales, 16, is one of several teens arrested in the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl in Richmond, California.