Suspected K Street shooter Mtula Payton booked in Sacramento jail

Mtula Payton, one of the suspected shooters behind the K Street gang shootout that left six dead and 12 injured, has been booked into the Sacramento County Jail, records show. He faces charges relating to drugs, possession of firearm by a felon, threats to commit a crime and murder. He also has enhancements to his charges for committing crimes while out on bail. Separate from the shootings, Payton has also been charged with three counts of EDD fraud related to pandemic aid. Payton was identified on April 12 by officials as one of at least five gunmen responsible for the deadly gun battle, but it wouldn’t be until May 29 when he was arrested at a Las Vegas residence. The FBI and Las Vegas police were also part of the operation to arrest Payton. He is one of three people arrested directly in connection with the shooting, the other two being brothers Dandrae and Smiley Martin. Sacramento County District Anne Marie Schubert said at a May 3 news conference that these three, along with the three men killed in the downtown shooting, are facing murder charges in relation to the deaths of three bystanders caught in the gunbattle.The three men, 32-year-old Joshua Hoye-Luchessi, 38-year-old Sergio Davis and 29-year-old DeVazia Turner, are not considered victims because of a California law that holds all participants of a shootout responsible for the deaths of any bystanders, officials explained at the May news conference.The three bystanders were identified as 57-year-old Melinda Davis, 21-year-old Yamile Martinez and 21-year-old Johntaya Alexander. Documents filed by the district attorney’s office also detail the seconds before and after the shootout, and they also revealed the alleged gang affiliations of the three men killed, as well as the Martin brothers and Payton.

Mtula Payton, one of the suspected shooters behind the K Street gang shootout that left six dead and 12 injured, has been booked into the Sacramento County Jail, records show.

He faces charges relating to drugs, possession of firearm by a felon, threatens to commit a crime and murder. He also has enhancements to his charges for committing crimes while out on bail. Separate from the shootings, Payton has also been charged with three counts of EDD fraud related to pandemic aid.

Payton was identified on April 12 by officials as one of at least five gunmen responsible for the deadly gun battle, but it wouldn’t be until May 29 when he was arrested at a Las Vegas residence. The FBI and Las Vegas police were also part of the operation to arrest Payton. He is one of three people arrested directly in connection with the shooting, the other two being brothers Dandrae and Smiley Martin.

Sacramento County District Anne Marie Schubert said at a May 3 news conference that these three, along with the three men killed in the downtown shooting, are facing murder charges in relation to the deaths of three bystanders caught in the gunbattle.

The three men, 32-year-old Joshua Hoye-Luchessi, 38-year-old Sergio Davis and 29-year-old DeVazia Turner, are not considered victims because of a California law that holds all participants of a shootout responsible for the deaths of any bystanders, officials explained at the May news conference.

The three bystanders were identified as 57-year-old Melinda Davis, 21-year-old Yamile Martinez and 21-year-old Johntaya Alexander.

Documents filed by the district attorney’s office also detail the seconds before and after the shootout, and they also revealed the alleged gang affiliations of the three men killed, as well as the Martin brothers and Payton.

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