Murder Case Held Over as DA Decides Charges

Carlos Gutierrez, 18, is suspected of fatally stabbing a Corte Madera man in a gang fight Wednesday.

Murder suspect Carlos Eduardo Gutierrez's hearing was held over today as the district attorney determines what charges Gutierrez will face, according to Deputy Public Defender Christine O'Hanlon.

"With the seriousness of the charges he is facing, they could hold the case for as long as a week," O'Hanlon said.

Gutierrez, 18, is   21-year-old Jeffrie Lee Olmstead in gang fight on Wednesday.

Just before 5 p.m. on May 11, witnesses reported a group of men chasing after each other with sticks and baseball bats near the on B Street. The men then got into two cars, a red Ford Explorer and a white Pontiac Grand Am, and raced after each other down to Woods Street, where they fought and eventually fled.

A Corte Madera resident, Olmstead was declared dead at Marin General Hospital soon after the incident. Olmstead had a history of illegal activity involving drugs going back to 2007, according to the Marin County Superior Court database.

"He got involved with all this because of the law," Olmstead’s father figure Luis Campos told the Marin Independent Journal. "He got a DUI, he went to jail. And he got involved with the wrong people. ... From then on, he was in and out of jail, in and out of jail."

Two other men had minor injuries from the incident, according to police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher.

Highway Patrol officers stopped the Ford Explorer near Tamal Vista Boulevard about 20 minutes  after the fight and took the driver into custody. Police spotted the unoccupied Grand Am on Front Street early Thursday morning.

Gutierrez was arrested at his Canal Street home on Thursday around 2 a.m. after several witnesses identified him and three juveniles, according to Rohrbacher. Gutierrez and the juveniles involved are known to have gang connections, she said.


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