Trial date set for Vallejo man ac­cused of fa­tal 2015 shoot­ing

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - NEWS - By Richard Bam­mer rbam­[email protected]­porter.com @REBam­mer on Twit­ter Con­tact re­porter Richard Bam­mer at (707) 453-8164.

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.

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