Trujillo Held to Answer on Attempted Murder/Related Felony Charges

(Press Release from Inyo County District Attorney Thomas Hardy)

(3/4/2020)

Brandee Trujillo of Los Lunas, New Mexico, was held to answer today on multiple felony charges following a preliminary hearing in Inyo County Superior Court. The charges all arise out of the January 6, 2020 shooting incident at the Shell Wye Mart in Bishop.

At the preliminary hearing, Presiding Superior Court Judge Brian Lamb considered evidence presented by the District Attorney’s office and found that there was reasonable and probable cause to hold Ms. Trujillo for trial on charges of Attempted Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Carjacking, Attempted Robbery, Attempted Carjacking, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The Court also found reasonable and probable cause to believe that Ms. Trujillo was personally armed with, and discharged, a firearm in the course of the offenses.

If convicted of all charges and enhancements, Ms. Trujillo could be facing as much as 20 years to life in state prison.

The evidence presented at the preliminary hearing was the testimony of investigating officers from the Bishop Police Department. Deputy District Attorney David Christensen represented the People at today’s hearing and has been assigned as the lead prosecutor in the case.

Bail in the case remains set at $500,000.00. She will be arraigned on a felony Information (the formal charging document) on March 17, 2020.

As in any criminal case, Ms. Trujillo is presumed to be innocent until the charges are proven beyond a reasonable doubt at trial. The burden of proof at a preliminary hearing (reasonable and probable cause) is substantially lower than the proof beyond a reasonable doubt required to convict a defendant at trial.

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D. Blankenship
D. Blankenship
1 year ago

Dee can you please message me, this was my family and we still don’t know what happened.

David Dennison
David Dennison
2 years ago

BobK…..Since you ask,who really cares,one way or the other ?..IMO,not only the GOP washed up,but after these last four years,after having turned America in a joke and no longer respected by any Country worldwide,it’s going to take a lot more than someone sitting and tweeting lies in the whitehouse 24/7… Read more »

BobK
BobK
2 years ago

Hey Lo Inyo. You going to make predictions in 2020 like you did in 16 now that the GOP is washed up…I think that’s what you said..

David Dennison
David Dennison
2 years ago

…And,as you can see with all the thumbs down on my above comment,a reason as to why this Country has dumbed-down so much lately,and a big reason why it’s lost so much worldwide respect… many,about 40 % or so, believing just about everything they hear from their idol, his news… Read more »

David Dennison
David Dennison
2 years ago

Bishop Local…..Maybe she got it at one of those gun shows where the T.V. show, “Dateline”,with LE over-view, hired an ex-felon to go inside the building and buy an AR-15,two rifles,a pistol and a shotgun…without anytype of background check what-so-ever..in the building and out within an hour…and then the vendors… Read more »

Bishop Local
Bishop Local
2 years ago

I still don’t understand how a felon had a gun when it’s illegal to have one.

David Dennison
David Dennison
2 years ago

Some reports have her actually firing a weapon in their bungled car-jacking attempt…if that’s the case,they should’ve charged her with murder,which they could have,even though the guy dying was her partner in crime..hoping she gets the maximum sentence and doesn’t end up getting out in 20 years…as least we don’t… Read more »

Wondering
Wondering
2 years ago

20 years?! That’s it??? Wow. Should be a hell of a lot longer.

Almost Native
Almost Native
2 years ago

I still want to know how and why they came here?

Dee
Dee
2 years ago
Reply to  Almost Native

It involves certain people who were in jail or prison that perhaps knew these two culprits somehow, the deceased and this defendant. The story, rumors…. (Edited by SW) Supposedly,…**** I can understand if this comment shouldn’t be posted, I do know people that have been involved in giving law enforcement… Read more »

Charles James
2 years ago
Reply to  Dee

Dee, thank you for your post. I edited the part out over which you expressed concern. That you recognize that there is a potential harm to the investigation (which is ongoing) shows considerable sensitivity and understanding. BPD Chief Ted Stec, urged caution and restraint on allowing speculation so as to… Read more »

vaguelynoble
vaguelynoble
2 years ago
Reply to  Charles James

We do not require your hall monitoring, particularly as what we know of your judgment based on your posts does not instill confidence.