A judge has ordered two men to stand trial on a host of charges stemming from a deadly crime spree in Oxnard almost two years ago.
23-year-old Joel Montijo and 21-year-old David Flores, both of Oxnard, are accused of going through that city on the night of May 16, 2017 robbing, and in two cases, killing people.
Prosecutors say Montijo and Flores are alleged to have committed several robberies and two murders, the shooting deaths of 29-year-old Aaron Austin of Oxnard in the 300 block of North "G" Street, and, 23-year-old Eduardo Leon of Oxnard, in the 5400 block of Perkins Road.
The judge ordered Montijo and Flores to stand trial on murder and robbery charges plus special circumstance allegations of murder during a robbery and multiple murders.
Governor Newsom not withstanding, if convicted, the pair could face the death penalty if the DA's office seeks that.
A third defendant in the case, 20-year-old Joseph Martinez of Oxnard, is being prosecuted separatedly.
He is alleged to have driven the vehicle during the crime spree.