El Cajon man pleads not guilty in killing of mother

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An Aug. 26, a preliminary hearing was set for Erik Enrique Margain, 34, of El Cajon, who is accused of killing his mother, Martha Margain-Velarde, 64, on May 18.

Margain pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges, which includes injury to his brother in the family home in El Cajon. His brother, Carlos, suffered fractured ribs in the assault.

Erik Margain remains in jail on $3 million bail.

An Aug. 26, a preliminary hearing was set for Erik Enrique Margain, 34, of El Cajon, who is accused of killing his mother, Martha Margain-Velarde, 64, on May 18.

Margain pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges, which includes injury to his brother in the family home in El Cajon. His brother, Carlos, suffered fractured ribs in the assault.

Erik Margain remains in jail on $3 million bail.

Meanwhile in a similar case, Mohammed Agab, 21, has been committed to a state mental hospital after he was found mentally incompetent to stand trial in the 2014 murder of his mother, Majida Egab, 39, and attempted murder of his teen-age brother.

Egab was stabbed 13 times and collapsed at her doorway in the 500 block of Ballantyne Ave. in El Cajon on May 30, 2014. Agab had mental issues, and San Diego Superior Court Judge Stephen Jones sent him to Patton State Hospital where he will be evaluated and placed on medication.

The charges remain suspended against Agab, but doctors may determine he has regained his mental competency to stand trial and he would be returned here for trial.

Lakeside man charged with hate crime

A hate crime charge has been filed against a white Lakeside man who is accused of stabbing a black man in Lakeside because of the defendant’s racial prejudice.

A preliminary hearing has been set for July 21 in El Cajon Superior Court for Michael John Lazzaro, 23. He is also charged with assault with a deadly weapon and using brass knuckles in the Jan. 8 incident. Lazzaro is also charged with the crime to benefit a criminal street gang.

According to court records, two black men and a white man were walking in Lakeside late at night and they encountered five white men who tried to block the sidewalk and used racial slurs. The men circled the black men and one of them was stabbed in the torso.

After the injured man was transported to a hospital, sheriff’s deputies arrested Ryan Gallo, 23, who since has pleaded guilty to assault and committing a hate crime. A judge sentenced Gallo to 180 days on terms of three years probation, and has since been released from jail.

Lazzaro has pleaded not guilty to all charges and remains in the South Bay Detention Facility on $1 million bail.

Lakeside woman to be sentenced for threatening school official

Sarah Joy Lomaintewa, 29, of Lakeside, will be sentenced June 30 after she pleaded guilty to a felony charge of threating a school official in Lakeside.

Deputy District Attorney Daniel Shim said Lomaintewa faces a likely sentence of one year in jail, but the maximum sentence is three years in prison. Sheriff’s deputies determined she threatened to “shoot up” an unspecified school in Lakeside on March 5.

Students at El Capitan High School, Lindo Park Elementary School, and Tierra Del Sol Elementary School were placed in lockdown and they later were dismissed as a precaution. No one was injured.

Charges of possession of methamphetamine and being under the influence of meth were dismissed by El Cajon Superior Court Judge Daniel Goldstein after she pleaded guilty to threatening a school official. Lomaintewa remains in jail.