DATE: March 11, 2016
CASE: Carlito Montoya & Charles Fowler-Scholz
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Anthony Ortiz, Homicide Unit
Carlito Montoya was convicted by jury of two counts of first-degree murder. He was also convicted of premeditated and deliberate attempted murder with an infliction of great bodily injury enhancement, and assault with a firearm. Gun and gang enhancements were found true on all charges.
On New Year’s Eve 2012, victim Gabriel Cordova accidentally spilled a drink on Amber Scholz inside a bar in Old Town Sacramento. The two got into an exchange of words. Amber Scholz informed her estranged husband, Charles Fowler-Scholz, and Montoya of what happened. The defendants went over to Mr. Cordova and surrounded him. Fowler-Scholz then slammed his beer bottle on Mr. Cordova’s face. Bar security officer, Daniel Ferrier, attempted to break-up the struggle. Montoya fired several rounds into Mr. Ferrier, killing him. Another security guard, Stephen Walton, attempted to intervene and Montoya fired at him as well. Soon after, Montoya fired several shots at Mr. Cordova, killing him. Mr. Cordova’s wife, Christina Cordova, also sustained a gunshot wound. As both defendants attempted to flee, Mr. Walton fired shots at Montoya.
Sacramento police officers patrolling Old Town responded to reports of multiple shots fired. Officers observed Montoya walking backwards out of the entrance of the bar holding a gun. When Montoya was apprehended by officers, his gun fell to the ground. Officers observed Montoya was bleeding from gunshot wounds and he was taken to UC Davis Medical Center for treatment.
Montoya faces a sentence of life without the possibility of parole plus an additional 140 years. Sentencing scheduled for May 12, 2016, in Department 18 before the Honorable Cheryl Meegan.
Closing arguments for co-defendant Charles Fowler-Scholz are scheduled to commence on March 29, 2016.
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