Hearing held for Alta Mesa shooting suspects

Alta Mesa shooting suspects have preliminary hearing

REDDING, Calif. - Three Shasta County men, two of them teenagers, were in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing on their murder charges.

Raquan Matthews, 17, Dillon Sims, 18, and Logan Barnhart, 20, were allegedly involved in a deadly shooting at Alta Mesa Park in Redding January 26.

The preliminary hearing was continued to Thursday at 9:00 a.m.

The three suspects sat alongside their attorneys as police investigators shared details of the case Wednesday.

Investigators said the victim, 21-year-old Thomas Sladek, was shot in what detectives called a drug-related attempted robbery. The investigating officer said witnesses alleged it was Matthews who fired three shots into the vehicle that Sladek was in. The suspects apparently approached the vehicle when there was some kind of argument and Sladek was then shot.

Sladek suffered two gunshot wounds in his right torso and lower abdomen.

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