The last of seven men charged with assaulting police officers during a street-racing gathering in South Los Angeles pleaded not guilty Monday to felony charges.
All seven defendants are facing two counts of assault upon a peace officer and one count each of resisting an officer and throwing an object at a vehicle with intent to cause great bodily injury. Six of the men pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing, and all seven are scheduled for a July 24 preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.
Kylee Michael Carter, 21, was the last to be arraigned.
The other defendants are:
— Brian Douglas Dion, Jr., 21, of Gardena;
— Markie Dijion Gatewood, 21, of Los Angeles;
— Steven Hurtado, 18, of Paramount;
— Christopher Luis Ramirez, 21, of Chatsworth;
— Michael Robert Ramirez, 20, of Carson; and
— Davion Anthony Williams, 20.
On April 16, two Los Angeles Police Department officers witnessed a hit-and-run collision during a street-racing gathering at West Manchester and South Western avenues, according to Deputy District Attorney Philip Norris.
The officers pursued the suspect’s car but were forced to stop when the defendants allegedly blocked the patrol vehicle and members of a crowd of onlookers began throwing rocks and bottles at the patrol car, the prosecutor said. The hit-and-run suspect got away.
If convicted as charged, the defendants face up to seven years and eight months in prison.
Carter posted bail following his arrest and was released from custody, according to the District Attorney’s Office. A judge released Gatewood on his own recognizance and set bail of $10,000 for the other five defendants.