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Suspects Plead Not Guilty in 2010 Hayward Teen Homicide

Hayward residents Robert Yim and Veronica Rodriguez are being charged in the 2010 murder of Samuel Nava III. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 7.

Two Hayward suspects pleaded not guilty this morning to killing a Hayward teen in 2010.

were arrested in late March in relation to the death of Samuel Nava III. Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Elgin Lowe said the two pleaded not guilty this morning‬ at the Hayward courthouse.

Nava's mother, Sarita Nava, declined to comment when asked about hearing the pleas, which were entered more than three months after the suspects' arrests.

Yim is . Eddins was gunned down in front of Barnard-White Middle School in Union City. Five others were also arrested and charged with murder for the benefit of a street gang in that case.

On May 3, 2010 at about 6:45 p.m., Nava, who was 17 at the time, was shot and killed while riding in a car in Hayward. He was in the backseat of the vehicle, which was making a U-turn from north Mission Boulevard to south Mission Boulevard at the intersection with Industrial Parkway.

Yim and Rodriguez were arrested in Newark after investigators determined them to be suspects in the case through "forensics examinations and witness accounts," according to a police report.

A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 7.

Iduaro Fevol July 27, 2012 at 10:23 PM
@Ex Union City Resident SAMUEL NAVA,III ~ WAS THE MOST AMAZING PERSON YOU DID NOT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET! Not only was he that, He was a Son, A Brother, The Great Great Grandson of Pancho Villa, A Great Grandson, A Grandson, A Cousin, A Nephew, A Godson, A Friend, an ATHLETE and an inspiration to those he didn’t know! HE WAS "Audi" he DID NOT SOCIALIZE WITH OR BELONG TO ANY GANG. HE REPRESENTED “SAMUEL NAVA, III ~ PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!”
Brown eyes July 28, 2012 at 09:52 AM
Yea Let the truth prevail! its okay
Iduaro Fevol July 28, 2012 at 10:37 PM
@Brown Eyes - Union City is a small town..I used to live there for 10 yars! Too much gang violence forced me to move away! Have A Nice Day. @Ex Union City Resident - Thank you for the compliment, nope not in law enforcement nor do I know anyone from any ot the families. This young boy must have been from a well known family or it's a high profile case? Maybe because Robert Yim was charged in another murder case the media has kept close coverage on this case. I don't know. I know just as much as you ...... I gathered my thoughts from what I've read in all the newspapers and heard on the news. Either way ....just my opinion, both should get life! Society doesn't need people like that on our streets.
Stop Lying August 22, 2012 at 11:03 PM
His mother died as he was growing up and had no real guidance it seems, so dont just assume parentingis involved...if thats the case we need to look at the parents of Veronica as they have for years allowed kids to drink and party in their home...we ll know that...Sad the young girl had knowledge of two murders and was ok with that until she was personally affected...she didnt care, she is just saving her own butt now...
Stop Lying August 22, 2012 at 11:07 PM
I agree they should both be looked at, as in may other cases from the neighborhood just knowledge was enough for a life sentence....is she special cuz her dad is a BART cop? this is sad, she is young but she didnt care about two lives she is stated to have gave testimony on now that are lost and put others in jail to bring herself home....

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