5 charged in death of potential witness to Harbor Gateway teen’s slaying

New, 2:10 p.m. Christopher Ash, 25, was found in Carson stabbed 80 times and his throat slit open; 1 of the 5 men is already facing charges in the death of Cheryl Green, 14.

By Denise Nix
STAFF WRITER, Daily Breeze
February 23, 2006

Five men were charged today with capital murder for killing a man they believed witnessed the allegedly racially motivated slaying of a 14-year-old girl in Harbor Gateway.

One of the five, Jonathan Fajardo, 18, is already facing charges with another man for the Dec. 15 murder of Cheryl Green.

The new charges stem from the Dec. 28 killing of Christopher Ash, 25, who was found lying in a Carson street with 80 stab wounds and his throat cut open. Besides Fajardo, prosecutors charged Jose Covarrubias, 20, Robert Gonzalez, 29, Raul Silva, 31, and Daniel Aguilar, 19.

Covarrubias was arrested in Iowa and has agreed to be extradited. The others have been taken into custody over the last few days.

The defendants, all gang members, were charged with murder and special circumstances, including murdering a witness to a crime and lying in wait.

Prosecutors will decide later whether they will seek the death penalty. All five are scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Long Beach Superior Court.

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