The following cases occupied South San Francisco Felony Courtrooms over the last two days.
Attempted Murder: Luis Alberto Gutierrez, 27, of Vallejo, had his first preliminary hearing after allegedly shooting a man in the jaw in August. He entered the man's apartment, asked to use the bathroom and exited with a handgun drawn and fired three times, hitting the victim once.
Meth in Jail/Identity Theft: Melissa Lucielle Cibrian had her second prelimiary hearing for cashing fraudulent checks and for sneaking meth into jail in her bra.
Fraudulent Credit Card: In a preliminary hearing in the case of three people found making fake credit cards in a South City hotel room, two witnesses testified, including Detective Mike Garcia. Meanwhile, the defense presented no evidence. The court upheld nine felony counts but dropped two due to insufficient evidence.
Burglary/Prostitution/Meth Possession: The attorney for the defendant, Donald Ray Jones, argued that his client was not competent to stand trial and the case was put off for two weeks. In December, Jones was seen outside a San Bruno home going through a woman's purse that he is accused of stealing from her unlocked living room. When confronted by a neighbor, he said he was "looking for Safeway." He was eventually found by police in a hotel room with a myriad of stolen items and a woman who was hiding methamphetamine.
Whip-It DUI Police Chase: A third preliminary hearing was held in the case of a 19-year-old man who was found with dozens of nitrous oxide cartridges in his car after he his a senior citizen with his vehicle, injured several people and fled on foot.