Southern California prosecutors filed charges against a couple suspected in Aiden Leos’ road rage shooting death. The 6-year-old boy was killed last month on an Orange, California freeway.
Leos was riding in the backseat of his mother’s car on the way to school when she reportedly gave a driver the middle finger after being “cut off.” In retaliation, Aiden was shot and eventually lost his life.
We are confirming the arrest of the two suspects believed responsible for the shooting death of 6-year-old Aiden Leos. Marcus Anthony Eriz, 24, and Wynne Lee, 23, were arrested at their home in Costa Mesa.
— CHP Santa Ana (@CHPSantaAna) June 7, 2021
Tips and leads lead police to the home of Marcus Anthony Eriz, 24, and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Wynne Lee, in Costa Mesa, California. Both were arrested at that time.
The investigation concluded that Eriz was the passenger who fired the weapon at the vehicle Leos was riding in and that Lee was the driver.
Eriz has been charged with murder and shooting at an occupied vehicle, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office stated. Lee faces counts of being an accessory after the fact and illegally carrying a concealed firearm.
Authorities provided an update on Aiden Leos’ murder case during a news conference outside the California Highway Patrol (CHP) office in Santa Ana, California.
“Mr. Eriz, if he is convicted on any or both charges, will spend a significant portion of his adult life in prison,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said during the press conference.
The couple was initially scheduled to make their first appearance in court Tuesday afternoon but was postponed until June 18 after their public defender attorneys explain they haven’t yet familiarized themselves with the case.
Arrests made in shooting death of 6 year old Aiden Leos pic.twitter.com/tUGjp0ZfPC
— OCDA Todd Spitzer (@OCDAToddSpitzer) June 7, 2021
Bail for the couple was initially set at $1 million each. Since then, Eriz’s bail was increased to $2,000,000.
Eriz faces a maximum of 40 years to life in prison if convicted on all counts. Lee faces a “maximum exposure” of three years in state prison plus one year in Orange County Jail if convicted on all counts.”We would not file these charges unless we could prove them beyond a reasonable doubt,” Spitzer said, adding that he’s “absolutely convinced” they are “rock solid.”
Aiden was laid to rest on Sunday by friends and family at Calvary Chapel Yorba Linda.
“This is a crime that obviously grabbed the heartstrings of the community and allowed us to come together in some effort toward healing,” he said Tuesday. “It allowed us to collectively say we will pursue justice in this county.”