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The reading of charges to the two men accused of murdering Moreno Valley teenager was postponed Friday, Feb. 15, to March 1, at the request of the Riverside County Public Defender’s Office.
A second hearing will be held that date to determine whether Owen Skyler Shover, 18, of Moreno Valley, and Gary Anthony Shover, 21, of Hesperia, will be granted bail. Currently, the brothers are being held without bail. .
Briones, 16, remained missing Friday. She was last seen Jan. 13 at Moreno Valley Community Park after spending time with friends.
Both men have been charged with murder and an enhancement of lying in wait that could result in the death penalty if convicted as charged.
Two men were arrested Feb. 11, 2019, in connection with the disappearance of Aranda Briones, 16, of Moreno Valley. (Courtesy of Riverside County Sheriff’s Department)
Family members and supporters of the defendants and Briones were in Superior Court in Riverside for the brief hearing Friday. Before the hearing, a member of the Public Defender’s Office briefed the Shover family members on the legal process, saying it was unlikely the defendants would be released on bail anytime during the case. “It will be a long haul,” she said.
Some of those members showed grief and concern on their faces.
The Shovers’ father declined to comment to the media after the hearing. Landry “Chapo Lee” Briones, Aranda’s father, emotionally made a few comments that didn’t appear to directly address the case.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department continues to search for Aranda Briones. They believe, from evidence uncovered, so far that she is dead.
“We are continuing our efforts and following up on every lead we receive. We are asking for anyone to please come forward and help us bring Aranda home,” a spokesman said Friday.
The spokesman discouraged well-meaning members of the public from conducting their own searches.
“We are asking for the public’s help by specifically providing information. We do not encourage anyone conducting physical searches. Remember how important a case like this is. So many factors play a role in bringing her home. Evidence, witness statements and preserving the case we already have established,” the spokesman said.
Tips may be reported to the Moreno Valley station at.