New charge for murder suspect

A Golden Valley man accused in shooting death of a Lake Havasu City man in November pleaded innocent Monday to another felony charge.

Jesus Christ Caballero was arraigned on a charge of theft of a means of transportation.

Authorities accused him of stealing a vehicle Nov.

11 in Bullhead City.

Caballero has been in custody since Nov.

28, when he was arrested at a residence on Robinson Avenue after a two-week manhunt following the shooting death of Raymond Viera, 37.

Caballero, 23, faces felony charges of first-degree murder, drive-by shooting and aggravated assault in the death of Viera.

Deputy Mohave County Attorney Greg McPhillips has said he would not seek the death penalty against Caballero.

During Monday's arraignment, Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steven Conn also appointed Mark Sippel of the public defender's office to represent Caballero.

Sippel also represents Caballero on the murder charges.

During a previous hearing on the murder charge, Caballero had asked for a new attorney, which Conn denied.

Caballero could face a prison term of up to 8 3/4 years for the new charge, Conn said.

On Nov.

15, Caballero and Michael Anthony Platt, 18, were riding in a pickup in the 3600 block of Schaffer Avenue when the shooting occurred, according to police.

Viera was wounded in the head by one of several shots fired from the pickup after it pulled alongside his vehicle.

Viera died the next day.

Mohave County Sheriff's detectives have said Viera and Caballero argued earlier that evening.

Detectives arrested Platt shortly after the shooting after finding the pickup at Gordon Drive and Castle Rock Road.

Caballero is being held in Mohave County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Platt faces a felony charge of hindering prosecution.