Oxnard : Teen-Ager Indicted in Slaying of Man


A 17-year-old Oxnard youth has been indicted on a murder charge in the slaying of a Long Beach man last month.

Victor M. Hernandez will be arraigned this morning before Ventura County Superior Court Judge Charles R. McGrath.

In addition to the murder charge, Hernandez is accused of shooting at an occupied motor vehicle.


Investigators said Hernandez and other youths approached Moises Silva, 26, in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven store at Wooley Road and C Street in Oxnard in the early hours of July 13. They persuaded Silva and two of his cousins to buy beer for them, but the store clerk said it was too late, investigators said.

Investigators said Hernandez became angry and fired a .38-caliber revolver at the car in which Silva was riding, hitting him once in the head. He died shortly afterward.

Hernandez was arrested a few days later. Judge Robert C. Bradley ruled Aug. 14 that the seriousness of the crime made Hernandez unfit for the juvenile court system. The Ventura County grand jury returned the indictment Wednesday.

Hernandez is being held at Juvenile Hall in Ventura with bail set at $250,000.