A preliminary hearing may be set as early as next week for two suspected gang members who pled not guilty Wednesday in Butte County Superior Court.

A preliminary hearing may be set as early as next week for two suspected gang members who pled not guilty Wednesday in Butte County Superior Court. The incident occurred on January 11 at 11:45 p. m. in the 2900 block of Second Street in Biggs when the victim, Emily Esquivel, 46, of Biggs was shot in the chest in a drive-by shooting. Investigators believe that Esquivel was not the intended target.  She has since been released from Enloe Hospital.


Jose Melchor, 27, now residing in Yuba City, and Alejandro Antonio Magana, 21, of Biggs are being held in the Butte County Jail.


If convicted, Melchor and Magana could serve up to 25 years to life in prison. Melchor, who is on parole, is being held without bail, Magana’s bail is $1.2 million.


Assistant Chief Brian Cook, reported that on January 12 Gridley-Biggs Police served a search warrant in Biggs at the home of suspect Magana. Officers seized gang indicia and drug paraphernalia. A weapon has not yet been recovered.


According to Cook more arrests are possible.