San Jose homicide: Boy, 14, arrested as third suspect in gang-related killing of Daniel Canales

Robert Salonga (Contra Costa Times) | June 12, 2013

SAN JOSE — A 14-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday in a March gang-related shooting death, a homicide that has already been linked to two other suspects, one of whom was shot and killed in a confrontation with police shortly after the slaying.

Police say the juvenile suspect was arrested in San Jose in connection with the March 11 death of 44-year-old Daniel Canales, whose body was found in a driveway on Murtha Drive near East Capitol Expressway in East San Jose. It was the city’s ninth homicide of 2013 and one of four to be classified as gang related.

Police have recommended charges of murder with a gang enhancement against the 14-year-old, whose identity was withheld because he is a minor.

The arrest adds another twist in an investigation that continued months after the prime suspect, 27-year-old Elias Mejia, died in a police shooting a week after Canales was killed. Mejia was shot in a neighborhood off South White Road after allegedly trying to run down a police officer who was part of a team specifically looking for Mejia in the murder investigation.

Although their main suspect was dead, detectives continued to investigate both deaths, and on May 21 they arrested , a 26-year-old San Jose resident, also on suspicion of murder with a gang enhancement.

Police said the latest suspect is unlikely to be charged as an adult because of his young age. While prosecutors still have the option of filing adult charges, they would have to pursue them in a more involved judicial vetting process than would be the case if the suspect were closer to adult age.

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