OROVILLE — Attorneys in a triple drunken driving death case asked to continue the probable cause hearing Wednesday to April in order to obtain evidence.
Judge Steven Howell granted the motion in Robert Barnes” case. He reset the hearing to determine whether the prosecution presented sufficient evidence to hold him on the charges for April 13.
Barnes is charged with three counts of murder, three counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated with two prior convictions, drunken driving causing injury with priors, transportation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale.
He was allegedly driving drunk shortly before 6 p.m. Nov. 14 on Highway 99 near Broyles Road, when his full-size Dodge pickup collided head-on with a GMC Sonoma pickup carrying a family of four.
Rogelio Herrera, 29, and Sarai Alvarez, 31, were found dead in the GMC. Alvarez”s children were in the back seat. Cristian Zaizar, 7, died at the hospital. Emanuel Zaizar Alvarez was eventually released.
Family of Herrera gathered in the courtroom, one of them holding up a sign with the photos of those who died that said, “We want justice.”