A preliminary hearing for the man police suspect of shooting a Whittier police officer to death in February was continued Monday.
Michael Christopher Mejia appeared in Norwalk Superior Court wearing an orange jumpsuit, as Judge Raul A. Sahagun granted defense attorney Paul Cohen’s request because of his participation in another trial.
Mejia was charged in the deaths of Officer Keith Boyer and Roy Torres, his cousin. He was charged with two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, one count of carjacking and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the Feb. 20 shootings in East Los Angeles and Whittier.
Mejia, a known gang member, could face the death penalty if convicted of the murder of Boyer, 53, the murder of his cousin, Torres, 47, and the wounding of Officer Patrick Hazell, as well as the carjacking of his cousin and the alleged weapons violation, authorities said.
Sahagun also granted Deputy District Attorney Garrett Dameron’s request to seal the medical records of Boyer and Hazell because they contain personal identifying information,
The preliminary is now scheduled at 8:30 a.m. on June 22 in department D of Norwalk Superior Court.