A preliminary hearing has been set for a Garden City man, who along with his brother, has been charged in the July 15 drive-by shooting death of a Garden City teen.

Judge Wendel Wurst on Thursday scheduled a preliminary hearing for 9:30 a.m. Dec. 6 for 20-year-old Andres Chavez, 1410 B St., who along with his 21-year-old brother, Anthony Chavez, 4860 Hillcrest, Apt. 6A, faces charges of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of 17-year-old Ramon Enriquez.

Andres Chavez appeared in Finney County District Court Thursday alongside his attorney, Razmi Tahirkheli. Andres Chavez's second appearance in court, initially scheduled for Aug. 20, had been continued to give Tahirkheli and prosecutor Kristi Cott more time to review law enforcement reports on the case.

The Chavez brothers each face additional charges of criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied vehicle, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and criminal possession of a weapon by a felon.

Anthony Chavez's preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Nov. 6.

In the early morning hours of July 15, Finney County Sheriff's deputies responded to the 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 on U.S. 50.

The sheriff's office previously said that the suspects fired shots into a blue Chevy Yukon in which Enriquez was a passenger.

According to the sheriff's office, the driver of the Yukon drove to the 2000 block of North Third Street in Garden City after the shooting, and officers and Finney County EMS responded and provided life-saving first aid to Enriquez.

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

Authorities have said that they 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.