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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