LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) Haylee Grisham, 18, appeared in federal court for the first time Tuesday on charges related to the murder of a police officer without a job.
She will be detained without bail and is scheduled to return to federal court for her February 7 trial. On January 13, Grisham and three others were charged with violent crime in favor of extortion, resulting in a potential death sentence and a minimum life sentence in federal prison without the possibility of parole.
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According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Grisham and three other co-defendants: Luis Alfredo de La Rosa Rios, 29, Ernesto Cisneros, 22, Jesse Contreras, 33, tried to rob the unemployed Los Angeles police officer Fernando Arroyos and his girlfriend. while the couple was on a house hunt in south Los Angeles. While Rios and Cisneros tried to rob the couple, the officer and the suspects exchanged shots with the two suspects. The officer injured Cisneros, but was also hit. Shortly afterwards, Arroyos died in a nearby alley.
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According to federal prosecutors, Rios, Cisneros, Contreras are all active gang members. Authorities said Grisham is Rios’ girlfriend, and in a post-arrest interview, she told investigators she had been dating him for about a year.
Contreas and Rios appeared in court on January 14, where they were also ordered detained without bail. They are scheduled to return to federal court on Feb. 3.
The fourth defendant Cisneros has not yet met his first appearance.
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