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3 charged in murder of Acampo resident

Sheriff’s: Investigation result of diligent work; suspects may face life if convicted on all charges

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Alfonze Fitzhugh

Carlos Hernandez

Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:04 am, Fri Mar 11, 2011.

Three men have been arrested and charged with the 2009 murder of 20-year-old Acampo resident Britani Coberly, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department.

Department spokesman Deputy Les Garcia said Alfonze Fitzhugh, 23, of Stockton, Carlos Hernandez, 26, of Lodi, and Robert Antonio Barnes, 20, of Stockton, were indicted by a grand jury for the shooting, which occurred outside of Coberly’s home Nov. 18, 2009.

Coberly and her boyfriend, Evan Karaway, were both shot at 8:40 p.m., shortly after arriving at her home in the 22400 block of North Highway 99 East Frontage Road. Garcia said the couple had just returned from a fast food restaurant when they were ambushed, and at least two of the suspects had been waiting for them.

Coberly was pronounced dead at the hospital, while Karaway was treated and released the following morning.

One of the suspects, Fitzhugh, had been sought as a “person of interest” in December 2009 by Sheriff’s investigators. Fitzhugh and Coberly both attended Lodi High School in 2002, although Coberly ultimately graduated from Liberty High School in 2007.

Garcia declined to comment about what, if anything, had changed in the 16-month-old case, and said the indictments came as a result of diligent work by Sheriff’s detectives.

All three suspects have been booked into San Joaquin County Jail on charges of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy, attempted robbery and weapon charges, Garcia said. Fitzhugh is being held without bail, and Barnes’ bail has been set at $2 million. Information on possible bail for Hernandez was unavailable.

If convicted on all charges, the three suspects could be sentenced to life in prison.

Contact reporter Fernando Gallo at fernando@lodinews.com.

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  • William Dawes posted at 12:40 pm on Sun, Mar 13, 2011.

    William Dawes Posts: 113

    If gas gets to the point that truck drivers can no longer afford to drive food to the stores, the chaos will get worse. Meaning more criminals.

  • William Dawes posted at 12:38 pm on Sun, Mar 13, 2011.

    William Dawes Posts: 113

    "Bob Smith posted at 2:32 pm on Fri, Mar 11, 2011.
    Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?"

    Whatever happened to the death penalty for ALL killers?

  • William Dawes posted at 12:36 pm on Sun, Mar 13, 2011.

    William Dawes Posts: 113

    Lodi is turning into Stockton. Crime and ghetto are not positive cultures, get a clue people. Stop allowing your kids to dress like hoodlums, and desensitizing them to crime.

  • Laura Rouzer posted at 4:14 pm on Fri, Mar 11, 2011.

    Laura Rouzer Posts: 55

    @ Bob - That's only if you aren't guilty as all hell.

  • Bob Smith posted at 2:32 pm on Fri, Mar 11, 2011.

    Bob Smith Posts: 128

    Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

  • Tim Rubiolo posted at 9:32 pm on Thu, Mar 10, 2011.

    Tim Rubiolo Posts: 1

    I'm so glad these guys are going down. We have waited a long time. We miss Britani so much. She would of given us our first greatgrand children. Love from Granmmy and Papa Rubiolo

  • Bob Kempf posted at 7:11 pm on Thu, Mar 10, 2011.

    Bob Kempf Posts: 41

    Donna, I like what you said on the news, "I hope these guys rot in hell." Well me too. I will pray for the Coberly family. Have strength in the "system" it'll work.

  • Francine Robinson posted at 9:25 am on Thu, Mar 10, 2011.

    Francine Robinson Posts: 3

    Thank God these guys were caught. Although it will be a long haul for her family now, at least Britani can begin to rest in peace. I pray for stregnth and justice for Britani's family.



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