Santa Barbara County District Attorney John Savrnoch announced today that three juveniles have been charged in connection with the killing of Robert Gutierrez that occurred at Stearns Wharf on December 9, 2022.
Two of the juveniles, age 15, were charged with Murder in violation of Penal Code section 187(a) and with the special allegation that they discharged a firearm proximately causing death in violation of Penal Code section 12022.53(d). The third juvenile, age 16, was charged with being an accessory after the fact to the murder in violation of Penal Code section 32 and with illegal possession of an unregistered firearm in violation of Penal Code section 25850(a).
All three juveniles were arrested by Santa Barbara Police Department officers on Thursday, February 16, 2023. All remain in custody and are scheduled to be arraigned at the Santa Maria Juvenile Court on Tuesday, February 21, 2023.