Trujillo Held to Answer on Attempted Murder/Related Felony Charges

(Press Release from Inyo County District Attorney Thomas Hardy)


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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12 Responses to Trujillo Held to Answer on Attempted Murder/Related Felony Charges

  1. D. Blankenship June 18, 2021 at 10:24 am #

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

  2. David Dennison March 10, 2020 at 5:35 am #

    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 to ever get that back.

  3. BobK March 9, 2020 at 7:50 pm #

    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..

  4. David Dennison March 8, 2020 at 7:51 am #

    …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 channel,and a gun organization ,all with monetary agendas,and not the truth to the matter…
    thinking background checks are only a way to “take everyone’s guns away”
    ….sure, there’s a radical left that want that to happen,but those that say it have been weeded out and not what anyone really wants or would actually vote for…
    no one with a chance of election thinks the answer to gun violence is confiscating everyone’s guns….
    the ones that do have a chance to be elected see nothing wrong with making firearms hard to purchase for those that shouldn’t own or be able to buy a firearm with background checks and waiting periods they’ll have to pass to purchase….
    kinda like for DUI drivers..
    if someone is arrested for multiple DUI’s, many of them will continue to drink and drive,but before they bail out of jail,maybe a good idea to impound their vehicle,enforce a breathalyzer when they get it back in 30 days,
    make sure they have insurance,strict probation, making it harder for them to break the law and offend again,and maybe kill someone doing it the next time…
    you don’t hand them a set of car keys and a six-pack of Bud when they’re walking out of the jail cell.

  5. David Dennison March 7, 2020 at 3:34 pm #

    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 the building and out within an hour…and then the vendors lying about the sales until they were confronted with video of them selling the firearms…two of the sales being made “under the table”,cash only,and asked to “keep quiet about this”…or was all that “fake news” ?

  6. Bishop Local March 6, 2020 at 8:31 pm #

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

  7. David Dennison March 6, 2020 at 2:34 pm #

    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 gotta worry about her partner getting out and back on the streets of Bishop anytime soon…

  8. Wondering March 6, 2020 at 9:33 am #

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

  9. Almost Native March 6, 2020 at 5:54 am #

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

    • Dee March 6, 2020 at 10:19 am #

      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 names, etc about this entire incident.

      • Charles James March 7, 2020 at 7:22 am #

        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 not interfere with the ongoing investigation.
        Thank you again for your comment.
        As citizens we want to know the truth , but we also do not want innocents harmed who contribute to it.

        • vaguelynoble March 7, 2020 at 9:11 pm #

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


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