Enterprise-Record (Chico)

Man pleads not guilty to killing 6 at California home


PORTERVILL­E >> An alleged gang member pleaded not guilty Tuesday to killing six people, including a teen mother and her baby, at a central California home associated with a rival gang, prosecutor­s said.

The Jan. 16 massacre shocked rural Goshen, a community of about 3,000 people in the agricultur­al San Joaquin Valley.

Noah David Beard, 25, was arraigned Tuesday and is being held without bail, according to the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office. Authoritie­s say he shot Alissa Parraz, 16, and her 10-monthold baby, Nycholas Parraz, in the back of their heads.

Beard is scheduled to return to court Feb. 16. The Tulare County Public Defender’s Office, which is representi­ng him, did not immediatel­y respond to a request for comment.

Beard’s alleged accomplice, 35-year-old Angel “Nanu” Uriarte, remains hospitaliz­ed in custody after he was wounded in the shootout with federal agents last week. His arraignmen­t has not been scheduled.

Both are charged with six counts of murder and other crimes. They each face a potential sentence of the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

Investigat­ors believe the two suspects have ties to the Nuestra Familia prison gang. Uriarte was convicted in 2015 of assault with a firearm in associatio­n with a street gang, and Beard had juvenile conviction­s, prosecutor­s said in a court filing.

The suspects and members of the victims’ family have a long history of gang violence but the motive for the shooting “is not exactly clear,” Boudreaux said at a news conference last week.

The other victims were identified as: Rosa Parraz, 72; Eladio Parraz, Jr., 52; Jennifer Analla, 49; and Marcos Parraz, 19.

The Goshen killings were part of a violent and deadly month in California.

On Jan. 21, a gunman killed 11 people and wounded nine others at a Monterey Park dance hall before later killing himself. And on Jan. 23, authoritie­s said a farmworker killed seven people in back-to-back shootings at two Northern California mushroom farms.

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