Oxnard Man Willis Nichols is set to stand trial for two separate shooting incidents, including a fatal one that occurred at an abandoned Goodwill store in 2022. The accused pleaded not guilty and denied all allegations against him.
Oxnard Man Willis Nichols to Stand Trial
The accused Oxnard Man Willis Nichols, aged 20, faces charges of murder, assault with a semiautomatic firearm, and several special allegations, according to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, a published article reported.
This decision came after a two-day preliminary hearing that concluded last Friday in Ventura County Superior Court. The incident took place on the night of March 12, 2022, within the area of an empty Goodwill building located at 3075 Saviers Road in Oxnard.
During the event, Adrian Sandoval, 21, also from Oxnard, lost his life while two other individuals were left injured.
Reports indicate that approximately 100 young people attended the party, and the property owners were reportedly unaware of the gathering. It was not until July of that year that Oxnard police managed to locate and arrest Oxnard Man Willis Nichols, who was 19 at the time, following an extensive search that prompted a public appeal for information.
Oxnard Man Willis Nichols Pleads Not Guilty
Oxnard Man Willis Nichols has firmly maintained his innocence, pleading not guilty to all charges and special allegations. He remains in custody at Ventura County jail, with no option for bail.
In addition to the fatal shooting at the Goodwill store, Oxnard Man Willis Nichols also faces charges related to a separate incident at The Collection shopping center in Oxnard’s Riverpark neighborhood.
On the afternoon of December 24, 2021, Oxnard Man Willis Nichols allegedly opened fire on a vehicle in the parking lot outside the Target store. A 31-year-old Oxnard man was struck multiple times and sustained serious injuries, with the rounds narrowly missing another person in the vehicle.
The next court appearance for this case is scheduled for the morning of October 4 in courtroom 12.