Attorney Ronald Serna told Imperial County Superior Court Judge William Lehman he accepted the appointment to represent co-defendant Gerardo Alba, who faces the charge of assault with a deadly weapon in the death of Jennifer Fierro.
A number of people, some wearing purple T-shirts that read “Justice for Jenny,” attended the brief courtroom session where a new pretrial hearing for April 3 was set, Brooker said.
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Both defendants are expected to appear for the April hearing, Brooker said.
Fierro died early May 15 when she was struck by a Hyundai Elantra that the prosecution said Perez was driving at the time with Alba as his passenger. Fierro was at a house party on Hamilton Avenue in El Centro that ran into the early morning hours when a fight broke out.
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