Defendants in Manila homicide case seek to exclude ‘incriminating’ statements


EUREKA – Two of the five people originally accused of murdering Tyson Claros appeared in court Tuesday to have damaging statements made against them tossed out.
Before that hearing, a former suspect in the case sought clarification on where he will be housed.
Criminal proceedings against Hector Godoy-Standley were suspended in August due to his incompetence to stand trial. The court ordered his commitment to a mental health facility two months ago.
A hearing to compel such a facility to accept Godoy-Standley is set for November 1st.
And attorneys for two of his former co-defendants have requested statements made to law enforcement be excluded from the case. The exact nature of those statements is unknown but visiting Judge Stephen Mock Commented that they likely incriminate Catherine Fode and Brandon Mitchell. The pair will appear in court again on October 19th.
The two remaining co-defendants Tamara Thomson and Cesar Valenzuela are awaiting trial.
The sheriff’s office says the group lured Claros to Manila the morning of December 12th where they shot the 20-year-old multiple times. He later died from those injuries.