Se­lec­tion for jury un­der­way in mur­der trial

The Signal - - News - By Jim Holt Sig­nal Se­nior Staff Writer jholt@sig­ 661-287-5527 On Twit­ter @jame­sarthurholt

Jury se­lec­tion re­sumed Wed­nes­day morn­ing in the mur­der trial of Ni­cholas Col­letta, ac­cused of shoot­ing and killing Ivan So­lis in Be­go­nias Lane Park in July last year.

After months of post­pone­ments in the case, the process of se­lect­ing ju­rors for the trial be­gan Tues­day in San Fer­nando Su­pe­rior Court.

Col­letta was ar­rested by deputies of the Santa Clarita Val­ley Sher­iff’s Sta­tion on July 19, 2017, on sus­pi­cion of killing So­lis on July 11, 2017.

His girl­friend at the time, Jaque­line Arre­ola, 25, was ini­tially ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of mur­der in the same killing but pleaded guilty in March to one count of be­ing an ac­ces­sory after the fact, hav­ing knowl­edge of the crime.

Arre­ola is sched­uled to be sen­tenced on

Dec. 10.

Both she and Col­letta are mem­bers of the Brown Fa­milia gang who be­gan dat­ing each other six weeks prior to the shoot­ing, ac­cord­ing to tes­ti­mony she gave in court in April.

Her nick­name was “Clowdy”; his was


Arre­ola told a sparse court­room in April that she saw Col­letta pull out a gray gun and shoot So­lis.

Pros­e­cu­tors al­lege in their felony com­plaint that So­lis had been shot for “the ben­e­fit of, at the di­rec­tion of, and in as­so­ci­a­tion with, a crim­i­nal street gang.”

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