SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Mtula Payton, the third suspect named in the K Street shooting that left six dead in early April, was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail after being extradited from Nevada, where he was arrested in May, according to the registers. to show.
Payton, 28, was arrested in Las Vegas last month by officers with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the FBI Criminal Apprehension Team. He was arrested nearly two months after the April 3 shooting.
Payton was first booked into a custody facility in Nevada. He then had a court appearance in Las Vegas before his planned extradition to Sacramento.
A local defense attorney not affiliated with the case told FOX40 in an interview in May that Payton’s time on the run could hurt his case.
“If they can prove that you ran away and they can prove that you know they’re looking for you, they’ll say, ‘Well, we’d like to be able to tell the jury that they’re entitled to an inference of guilt in this case. case because it’s their own conscience that they’ve done something wrong,’” defense attorney Mark Reichel said.
Payton faces multiple homicide charges related to the shooting in downtown Sacramento, as well as a separate incident of felony domestic violence, according to Sacramento police.
He is the third person arrested in connection with the shooting after brothers Dandrae Martin and Smiley Martin, 26 and 27, who were arrested in the days after the shooting.
In the early morning hours of April 3, district attorney officials say Payton, the Martin brothers and at least two other people fired weapons in the area of K Street and 10th Street, in what is described as a shootout between rival gangs.
The three men arrested face three counts of homicide each in connection with the deaths of three bystanders.
The three men who died in the shooting are not considered homicide victims because they participated in the shooting, according to the district attorney.
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