Opening statements and initial evidence were given Wednesday afternoon in the case of Jose Luis Matador, the Madera man who pled not guilty in an attempted murder two years ago when authorities allege he walked a friend home only to shoot him multiple times on the way.
Deputy District Attorney Linda Dunn said in her opening statement that it was because of prior cooperation with police that the victim in the shooting, “Manuel” — whose last name has not been released — was targeted for retribution by the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) street gang.
“Manuel cooperated with law enforcement in a couple of cases,” Dunn said to the jury, which was also finalized Wednesday. “MS-13 does not tolerate members who are not loyal. Manuel wasn’t loyal because he cooperated with police.”
The shooting happened on July 6, 2011. On that night, Dunn said Matador walked Manuel home from an apartment complex on Roberts Street in Central Madera where mutual friend Enrique Ruvalcava lived...