Murder Trial Begins

Suspected Gang Members Accused of Beating Store Clerk to Death

Thursday, February 21, 2013
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A group of young men associated with the Eastside gang beat George Ied to death with their hands and feet, catching him as he walked home from work on Punta Gorda Street early in the morning of October 12, 2010, a prosecutor told a Santa Barbara jury Wednesday morning. Michael Cardenas, Ismael Parra, and Miguel Parra are on trial in Ied’s murder. A fourth, Steven Santana, took a plea deal for voluntary manslaughter and will testify in the case, prosecutor Hans Almgren said.

Deputy Public Defender Michael Hanley, who is representing Ismael Parra, pinned most of the blame on Cardenas. “Cardenas approached Mr. Ied, and a conversation started,” Hanley told the jury. “The conversation turned into an argument, and the argument turned into a fight. That fight turned into a vicious attack.”

Adam Pearlman, attorney for Cardenas, said the prosecution will be forced to rely on a “pathological liar” ​— ​Santana ​— ​in order to prove the case. “Steven Santana has lied since the moment this case began,” he said, claiming Santana told authorities what they wanted to hear. He also noted no blood was found on Cardenas’s clothes, as opposed to both Parra brothers, who had blood on their clothing when they were taken into custody the night of the attack.

The murder sent shock waves through Santa Barbara. It was the second alleged gang-related killing ​— ​in a six-month span ​— ​of a victim with no known gang ties. Not long after Ied’s death, the city laid out its plans for a gang injunction.


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Amazing how much time one has to wait in order to get justice. I speak from experience.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
February 21, 2013 at 3:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It doesn't matter if he was gang member or not. And that hasn't been disclosed yet except a description of "white." Now this week there is a trial in SB for another death, a man beaten more than 100x, when he was walking home after a long day's work. He wasn't gang affilitated. The murderers were. The public turnout at this trial where 3 alleged gang members sit, is pathetic!! SB if you really care you would show up at the trial. It will probably go on for a month. If you don't show up there is no pressure on the courts or the police to say no more gang takeover of SB. Wake up, stop dreaming. This is worse than LA. Much worse....A city should not be judged by its cover. Paradise, I just don't know.

yaya (anonymous profile)
February 21, 2013 at 11:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Sorry, my above comment about the "white" 21 yr old killed on Tues. night in downtown SB was referenced when I stated "It doesn't matter if he was a gang member or not." But there is a trial going on for alleged gang members in SB who already admitted to beating a non-gang member. The non-gang member didn't want to stop talking aloud on his cell while walking home. He was stomped 100x and eventually died painfully 3 days later. Where is the code for non-gang members? I guess stop talking on your cells in the dark walking home if you offend a gang member who just doesn't want to hear a foreign language other than Spanish. This is a hate crime. Why isn't it being tried as one???????????????

yaya (anonymous profile)
February 21, 2013 at 11:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It really isn't a hate crime because it was committed due to the victims ethnicity, race, or sexual orientation. It is more of a capital murder case because there was a motive (to rob the victim) and special allegations (lying in wait) which moves this to a First Degree murder.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
February 21, 2013 at 1:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I doubt if it makes any difference to the loved ones of the victim whether his killer/s were/was gang affiliated.

The "hate crimes" enhancement is as offensive as making murder a capital crime if the victim is a police officer.

All life should be equally valued.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
February 21, 2013 at 2:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I think all violent crime is a hate crime and many thefts too.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 21, 2013 at 2:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Well, since they didn't want him to speak in Arabic on his cell phone, and did what they did because he was speaking Arabic, it was a hate crime.
Now all 4 defendants are turning on each other---WHERE IS LOYALTY TO THE GANG NOW!!!!!

yaya (anonymous profile)
February 21, 2013 at 7:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Should be interesting to see the courtroom photos of their new "Mr. Rogers" sweaters, wire rim glasses and makeovers ... and the utter nonsense (already coming from their attorneys) about how their client is a good guy -- just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Scooter (anonymous profile)
February 22, 2013 at 2:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes, yes they were on their way to pray a rosary when they tripped and fell, and there was the victim.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
February 22, 2013 at 10:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Unfortunately cases of this magnitude do take time to process. In a murder trial, unless the accused plead guilty early, most of the time it takes years. Prosecutors want to make sure that they have all their "ducks in a row." Remember, our justice system is based on the premise of being innocent until proven guilty.

805bailbonds (anonymous profile)
February 25, 2013 at 9:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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