Suspect accused of killing a 19-year-old in Fairfield during online meeting appears in court

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (CROWN) – Michael Lopretta’s alleged killer appeared in his first court hearing on Tuesday.

24-year-old Kamaria Strange is accused of killing the 19-year-old man last week in Fairfield.

Police say it happened during a private car sale that was coordinated online.

Strange’s appearance in Fairfield Superior Court lasted less than 10 minutes on Tuesday afternoon.

Her attention focused on the judge and never made eye contact with 19-year-old Michael Lopretta’s mother Jessica Treat or the rest of his family and friends in the courtroom.

“My heart is still pounding really fast in my chest and I feel a little sick,” Jessica said.

Seeing Strange for the first time were nauseating moments for Jessica.

She sat in court with her husband and Michael’s stepfather, Sean Treat.

Both said it is important that they commit to having a visible presence as this case progresses.

Strange did not make a prayer during her performance.

The judge accepted her public defender’s request to adjourn the hearing.

Bail is off the table.

At the conclusion of the case, the prosecution confirms to the judge that they do not intend to prosecute the death penalty.

A decision Michael’s mother supports.

“It does not bring him back. They also have a family,” Jessica said.

Strange’s family and friends refused to talk to us.

On Thursday afternoon, Fairfield police say Kamaria Strange killed Michael during a meeting held online.

Michael drove from Benicia to Fairfield, where he intended to buy a car from the defendant.

At one point, shots were fired and the deal became lethal.

His family disputes any characterization of the incident as a “robbery that has gone wrong.”

“Which robbery is going right? Robbery is not ok. It’s not normal, and by saying that this is a robbery that has gone wrong, it normalizes that it’s ok and it’s not ok. And that’s bothering us. , “said Sean.

Kamaria Strange is due back in court on Friday.

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