Three manslaughter suspects given new court date

By From page A3 | July 01, 2013


RODOLFO HERNANDEZ appears in Department 1 Superior Court in Placerville on Friday.

Three men accused in the involuntary manslaughter of another man appeared in court briefly Friday morning to receive a new court date.

Rodolfo Hernandez appeared in-custody with his out-of-custody co-defendants, Ruben Lizarraga and Sean Canilao, for what was meant to be a 995 hearing — a motion to dismiss charges.

However, Michael Atwell, appearing for Hernandez, said that David Cramer, Hernandez’s attorney, had car trouble and was unable to appear in court that day. He and Dain Weiner, representing Canilao and standing in for Adam Weiner for Lizarraga, requested a continuance.

Deputy district attorney Joe Alexander agreed to the continuance, and Judge James R. Wagoner scheduled the new hearing for July 19 at 8:30 a.m.

Before concluding the hearing, Lizarraga produced papers showing proof that he was booked into the El Dorado County Jail so he would not have to go through the process again.

The three are being charged with the death of Derek “Zippy” Penaranda, who died Oct. 17, 2012. The accused were bouncers at Mo’s Place, a South Lake Tahoe bar where Penaranda was celebrating his 30th birthday. Penaranda was allegedly asked to leave due to unruly conduct. Instead, he punched bar owner Manish “Mo” Patel, knocking him unconscious. The three bouncers reacted and detained him, knocking Penaranda unconscious.

“By the time (South Lake Tahoe Police Department) arrives, the victim has been deprived of blood flow to the brain for long enough to put him into a ‘persistent vegetative state’ from which he never recovers,” Alexander previously said. He had no pulse, though through CPR, firefighters were able to regain a heartbeat.

Hernandez is being held on a charge of involuntary manslaughter and on an immigration hold with a bail of $50,000.

Cole Mayer

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