Three Santa Maria men pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges stemming from a fatal shooting in October. 

Irvin Gambino, Armando Chagolla Fuentes and Noe Bedolla-Soria, all 19 years old, had an arraignment hearing earlier this week in Santa Barbara County Superior Court in Santa Maria.

The charges stem from a shooting that killed Adelberto Moises Gabino, 33, of Santa Maria.

At approximately 11 p.m. on Oct. 20, 2022, Gabino was fatally wounded in a shooting and while driving his vehicle near the intersection of Boone Street and Western Avenue. 

After a Honda Civic struck a building in the area, police discovered that the driver had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was dead.

Early on July 21, Santa Maria Police Department detectives and SWAT team members served search and arrest warrants in the 300 block of West Shiela Lane. 

They took Chagolla Fuentes into custody.

Investigators also connected the two other men, who were already in custody for different cases, to the fatal shooting.

The criminal complaint charges each man with one count of murder and one count of conspiracy to commit a crime.

They also face a number of special allegations or sentencing enhancements for use of a handgun, street terrorism and aggravating factors.

Additional allegations claim that the new case would count as a second strike under California’s Three Strikes Sentencing Law for Gabino and Bedolla-Soria. 

The case is scheduled to return to court on Tuesday to confirm the date for the preliminary hearing, tentatively set for Wednesday.

All three defendants remain in the custody of the Santa Barbara County Jail with two held without bail and Chagolla Fuentes’s held in lieu of $2 million bail.