Trial date set for Vallejo man accused of fatal 2015 shooting
A 23-year-old Vallejo man who allegedly shot and killed a Vallejo high school student in 2015 will face a jury trial in September.
Zachery Allen Kroll appeared Tuesday morning in Department 5 for a trial readiness conference and trial setting.
Judge Stephanie Grogan Jones set a trial management conference at 8:30 a.m. June 22 and a jury trial at 9 a.m. Sept. 1 in the Justice Center in Fairfield. He is being defended by criminal defense attorney Vincent Maher.
Kroll is charged with the May 14 murder of Kenneth
Maxwell “Max” Rusk, 17, of Vallejo, a Jesse Bethel High student who was fatally shot on a trail near the 1800 Ascot Parkway campus.
Also initially charged in the case was Elisha Marcel White Jr., who is in his early 20s but was 16 at the time of the shooting. He was charged as an adult, but the case against him was dismissed on Nov. 1, 2017, court records indicate.
Also charged at the time was Austin Leandro Lonzanida, accused of a robbery along with Kroll. The robbery, also at the high school, happened a few days before the killing. Court records indicate probation for Lonzanida was reinstated early last year.
Kroll has pleaded not guilty to all charges and is being held in Solano County Jail on $1.5 million bond.
Vallejo police arrested Kroll and White the day after the shooting. However, police, at the time, did not release any motive for the killing.
Although police said Rusk and Kroll knew each other, Rusk’s mother and girlfriend said they did not recognize the suspects.
The Rusk family in 2018 settled a lawsuit filed in 2016 against the Vallejo City Unified School District, with $350,000 payable to the estate of their son.