Prosecutors announced Wednesday that a couple charged in the murder of a 6-year-old boy shot on a California freeway after a road rage incident will go to trial.
Marcus Anthony Eriz, 25, and Wynne Lee, 23, both of Costa Mesa, are scheduled to appear in court on April 12 in connection with Aiden Leos’ death, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Eriz is charged with murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle, and enhancements to the personal discharge of a firearm causing great bodily harm and death. He is being jailed without bond in the Orange County jail.
Lee faces felony accessory after the fact charges as well as a misdemeanour charge of having a hidden handgun in a vehicle. She was released with the condition that she be monitored by an electric shock. Both have pled not guilty.
Wynne Lee, 23, and Marcus Anthony Eriz, 24, have pleaded not guilty to charges relating to the murder of a 6-year-old kid in a road rage incident last month on a California motorway, according to officials.
Following a days-long manhunt and a $500,000 reward, the duo were apprehended after Leos was shot while sitting in a booster seat in the rear of his mother’s car as they drove on State Route 55 to drop him off at kindergarten.
Joanna Cloonan, his mother, stated she made a hand signal at the suspects when they cut her off. Eriz allegedly opened fire on the car and shot the youngster at that point.
Cloonan said she then heard a huge bang and her kid cry, “Ow,” at which point she noticed he was bleeding from the chest.
In a court motion, Orange County prosecutor Whitney Bokosky stated that after being arrested on June 6, Eriz revealed to detectives that “he was enraged after being ‘flipped off’ by Ms. Cloonan, so he grabbed his loaded Glock 17 9mm and racked a round.”
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“He then rolled down the passenger window and shot at her car,” Bokosky reported. “After shooting the victim, [Eriz and Lee] proceeded to the 91 eastbound and to work in Highland.”
A week after the shooting, Eriz allegedly engaged in another road rage incident in which he allegedly displayed a gun at a Tesla motorist. Prosecutors said he didn’t realise Leos had died until a coworker commented that his Volkswagen Sportwagen resembled the one being sought by police.
He supposedly shaved his head and changed his haircut after that.
“A monster with a pistol murdered a small boy on his way to kindergarten — because he was stuck on the motorway,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said on Wednesday. “The callousness of this crime is indescribable, but the fact that this couple continued to hide out in plain sight knowing full well they killed a 6-year-old child while Aiden’s heartbroken parents begged the perpetrators to come forward is [unforgivable].”