4 face murder charges in fatal California crash

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Updated: 2/05/2014 2:32 pm

LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Four Northern California residents have been indicted on murder charges even though they were not at the scene of the victim's death, in a head-on vehicle collision with a sheriff's deputy.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports Lake County prosecutors claim the defendants triggered the crash when they carried out and fled a home invasion robbery last year.

Deputy District Attorney Sharon Lerman-Hubert said Tuesday if it wasn't for the defendants' actions on Oct. 3, the victim, Gabriela Rivas Garcia, would still be alive.

The 26-year-old was killed in the head-on crash with Lake County Deputy Scott Lewis, who was responding to the home invasion.

Santa Rosa defense attorney Evan Zelig said it's a stretch to blame the fatal crash on his client, Jesse Gilbert Moncivaiz, and the other three defendants.

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