2012-07-13 / Front Page
Trial underway for Moorpark slaying
Isaac Gil, 22, of Camarillo is charged with fatally stabbing 18-year-old Andrew John Singler during a high school graduation party on June 14, 2008 in the 4300 block of Hitch Boulevard in Home Acres, an unincorporated area of Ventura County just outside Moorpark.
In June 2011 Gil pleaded not guilty to felony charges of murder and street terrorism.
He also denied two special felony allegations of use of a deadly weapon and committing murder to further the activities of a criminal street gang, according to county court records.
Jury selection for the murder trial began in Ventura on July 5. Dep. district attorney Bill Haney and Ventura defense attorney Robert “Bobby” Schwartz, who represents Gil, made their opening statements on July 9 before a jury and Ventura County Superior Court Judge James P. Cloninger.
Gil, who has been linked to a Camarillo gang called NSK, or Non Stop Krew, was arrested on Dec. 8, 2010 after more than two years of investigation by detectives with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Bureau.
According to earlier reports, Singler was an invited guest at his friend’s graduation party. He was walking down the driveway of his friend’s home when Gil allegedly attacked him unprovoked, authorities said.
Singler, who suffered multiple stab wounds, was transported by sheriff’s deputies to St. John’s Pleasant Valley Medical Center in Camarillo, where he was pronounced dead at about 2 a.m. the morning of the incident.
Gil’s trial is estimated to continue for another three weeks, during which information gathered from eyewitnesses will be recounted.
The defendant will continue to be held without bail at the Ventura County Jail for the duration of the trial.
According to county court records, Gil was convicted in 2008 for failing to register as a gang member. He was also sentenced to probation in May 2009 after pleading guilty to graffiti vandalism and admitting to criminal street gang activity.