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Trio plead not guilty in drive-by shooting of Manzano High student

Christopher Cruz, left, and Donovan Maez appear for arraignment in District Court on Friday in the fatal shooting of Jaydon Chavez-Silver

Christopher Cruz, left, and Donovan Maez appear for arraignment in District Court on Friday in the fatal shooting of Jaydon Chavez-Silver. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Three youths charged with murder in the fatal drive-by shooting of Manzano High School athlete Jaydon Chavez-Silver at a party in the Northeast Heights in June remain in custody after entering not-guilty pleas Friday before 2nd Judicial District Judge Cristina Jaramillo.

Jaramillo continued the $250,000 cash-only bail for Donovan J. Maez, 18; Nicholas Gonzales, 17, also known as Nicholas Villasenor; and Christopher Cruz, 21, also known as Christopher Marley.

All three are charged with first-degree murder with a firearm enhancement, attempted murder, shooting at an occupied dwelling, shooting at or from a motor vehicle and conspiracy for those crimes.

Chavez-Silver was at a house on Nakomis NE when he was shot, but apparently wasn’t the target of the shooting, according to detectives. They have said a drug debt and a fight before the June 26 shooting were apparent motives.

Nicholas Gonzales appears for arraignment in District Court

Nicholas Gonzales appears for arraignment in District Court. He is one of three people charged with the killing of Jaydon Chavez-Silver. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)

In court Friday, KOAT reported, Chavez-Silver’s mother pleaded with the judge to set bail for all three at $250,000, cash only.

“They still have a life to live, and my son doesn’t because they took that away,” an emotional Nicole Chavez said. “They took that from us.”

Chavez wasn’t the only mother in court. State Rep. Stephanie Maez, D-Albuquerque, was also there, wiping away tears as her son was called up.

The judge set bail for all three at $250,000, cash only.

Jaramillo, who is also the assigned criminal judge on the case, said at the arraignment that she would consider motions at a later date.

Donovan Maez’s attorney, John Day of Egolf, Ferlic & Day, said afterward that prosecutors had just handed over discovery materials on Friday and that he might seek his client’s release.

“It would make sense to revisit the bond at a later date,” he said.

Day’s law partner is state Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe.

Prosecutors have filed an initial witness list that includes nearly 40 officers of the Albuquerque Police Department, including lead detective J. Gonterman, officers at the scene, detectives who conducted multiple interviews and crime lab personnel.

The witness list also includes more than a dozen people who attended the party at 1101 Nakomis NE, where the homicide occurred, including two residents of the home.

Other witnesses provided information about Twitter posts and about a prior incident.

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