Murder Suspect Laughs In Court

Victim's Daughter Wants Death Penalty

Three men accused of murder went before a judge Thursday as the victim’s daughter looked on.

Angelica Ramos was inconsolable as she stood outside a Kern County courtroom.

She was there for the arraignment of Christopher Patterson, Maxamillian McDonald and Lawrence Slaughter.

The trio is charged in the death of 71-year-old Guadalupe Ramos.

Police said Patterson snatched a gold chain from Ramos' neck in the Foods Co parking lot on Haley on Aug. 19.

Cops said Ramos fell and died from blunt-force trauma to the chest that triggered a heart attack.

"Furious, angry, upset that my mom had to die in this manner over a chain. It’s not worth it," the victim’s daughter Angelica Ramos said.

Police said they were able to track the suspects' movements both before and after the robbery because Slaughter was wearing a GPS ankle monitor as part of his parole and were able to confirm that the three were at the Foods Co at the time of the killing.

Cops said they security video from the store shows the attack happening.

Patterson openly laughed during Thursday’s hearing.

"That disgusts me. That person should get the death penalty. Matter of fact, I am going to do whatever I can to make that happen. We'll see who is laughing once he is in San Quentin," Ramos said.

The District Attorney said the three are members of the East Side Crips and will be tried together.

"All three defendants are members of a criminal street gang. Therefore, the gang unit of the Kern County District Attorney’s office will be handling the case," Deputy DA Cynthia Zimmer said.

The victim's daughter said she is left with her grief as she waits for justice.

"She didn't have to die like that," Ramos said through her tears.

All three suspects will be back in court on Sept. 19.
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