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Midtown party shooting suspects in court

Arraignment today for four charged in shooting that resulted in death of 20-year-old Erin Jones
Posted at 12:34 PM, Jul 01, 2024

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The four suspects arrested for their alleged roles in the house party shooting on 5th Street in late April appeared in court for their arraignments Monday, July 1.

Many of those in attendance at the party were students at the University of Arizona. UA Sophomore Erin Jones was killed in the shooting. Police say the teens were targeting another group of people at the party and Jones was caught in the crossfire.

Three 17-year-olds, Tevion Beale, Marcus Williams and Akeem Alvarez, are suspected of shooting at party-goers. 18-year-old Estevan Garcia, who also appeared in court, told police he was the driver.

The teens appeared in court virtually, from jail. They entered 'not guilty' pleas.

The judge set a case management conference for July 31. Around that time, it may become clearer whether the case is trending towards a plea deal or going to trial.

TPD paints a cold-blooded picture of the defendants the night of the shooting.

An interim complaint says Garcia drove by the house multiple times and did a U-turn, allowing the other three to then fire at the party.

The teens then parked down the street, and drove to “several other locations,” searching for people to shoot.

The interim complaint is redacted. It is still unclear who the teens targeted and why.

TPD says the investigation is still open.

Midtown party shooting suspects in court

KGUN 9's Midtown reporter Ryan Fish has been following this story since the shooting occurred in late April. He will have a full report in our evening newscasts.