A preliminary hearing has been set for November for one of two Garden City brothers charged in the July 15 drive-by shooting death of a Garden City teen.

Anthony Chavez, 21, 4860 Hillcrest, Apt. 6A, on Monday made his second appearance in Finney County District Court, where Judge Ricklin Pierce scheduled a preliminary hearing in his case for 9 a.m. Nov. 6 at the Law Enforcement Center.

Chavez, who is being represented by Public Defender Ron Evans, faces charges of first-degree murder, criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied vehicle, three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal possession of a weapon by a felon in connection with the shooting death of 17-year-old Ramon Enriquez.

Chavez’s 20-year-old brother, Andres Chavez, 1410 B St., faces identical charges in connection with the shooting.

While Pierce, Evans and prosecutor Brian Sherwood agreed to move forward with a preliminary hearing in the case against Anthony Chavez, court proceedings for Andres Chavez were continued on Aug. 20 when his attorney, Razmi Tahirkheli, and prosecutor Kristi Cott told Judge Wendel Wurst that they needed more time to review reports on the case. Wurst continued Andres Chavez’s second appearance to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 20.

At about 1:40 a.m. July 15, Finney County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the a report of a shooting in the 1600 block of West U.S. Highway 50, where it was reported that someone from a vehicle had shot at another vehicle while traveling east on U.S. 50.

Sheriff Kevin Bascue has said the suspects allegedly fired shots into a blue Chevy Yukon in which Enriquez was a passenger. After the shooting, the driver of the Yukon drove to the 2000 block of North Third Street in Garden City, where officers and Finney County EMS responded and provided life-saving first aid to Enriquez.

Enriquez was taken to St. Catherine Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Bascue said previously that authorities believe the shooting was drug-related and the result of a dispute between the Chavez brothers and those in the vehicle in which Enriquez was a passenger.


Contact Brett Riggs at briggs@gctelegram.com.