Wilfredo Reyes Will Be Extradited From North Carolina

Categories: Law & Order

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Wilfredo Reyes
Wilfredo Reyes, the possible second suspect in a 2008 triple homicide, will soon be in California to face murder charges. The sheriff's office in Rowan County, N.C., where Reyes was arrested last week, announced today that the alleged MS-13 gang member is not fighting the extradition, the Chronicle first reported.

Reyes, 31, had fled San Francisco soon after Tony Bologna and two of his sons were killed as they drove to their Excelsior home. The sole survivor of the shooting, Bologna's son Andrew, testified that the shooter was Edwin Ramos, the driver of a passing car. Ramos, while admitting that he was in the driver's seat, claimed that the real trigger man was Reyes, shooting from the passenger's seat. The jury disagreed, and Ramos was convicted of the murders.

Police did not question Reyes, nor did they issue arrest or material witness warrants for him. The District Attorney's office has said that it did not want to pursue a case against Reyes without evidence beyond Ramos' accusation. Authorities finally issued an arrest warrant against Reyes in March, after a witness in Ramos' trail testified that Reyes told her that he went to the East Coast because he was a passenger during a drive-by shooting.

"[Reyes] is a co-conspirator, aider and abetter, and equally guilty for the senseless crimes committed against the Bologna family," said Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian. "The question with prosecuting him, however, was whether we could prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt, independent of Edwin Ramos' self-serving statements. We obtained that information this year and acted on it immediately."

In trial, Ramos, 25, claimed that Reyes misidentified one of the Bolognas as a rival Norteño gang member. He said that he didn't expect Reyes to shoot them.

About a month before Reyes was arrested in North Carolina, Ramos was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

If Reyes decided to fight extradition, Gov. Jerry Brown would have had to ask North Carolina Gov. Bev Purdue to send Reyes back to California.

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Zasinaebraski

Your article neglects to mention that the jury hung on the charge of firing a firearm into an occupied vehicle, so it's not that all jury disbelieved him when he said he was not the shooter, nevertheless they convicted him of three murders.  As to not having evidence to  prosecute Reyes, the defense proved that Reyes was exactly where Ramos said he was that day which was at the site of the shooting through his cell phone.  The police also found a 9mm gun in his car when conducting a search where he lived with his girlfriend three days after Ramos told the inspectors Reyes fired the weapon that killed the Bolognas.  Your article is just like all the other articles that tried Ramos in the papers AND NEVER REPORTED WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN THE TRIAL  The district attorney argued that only Ramos was in the car that day because Andre Bologna testified to this.  So now is the DA going to call Andrew a liar or say Andrew was mistaken which the defense argued throughout the trial. Ramos had no prior convictions, Reyes was previously charged with a weapon offense. Reports such as yours are written to sell newspapers rather than telling the whole truth!

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