A close friend of murder defendant Marcus Moralez said the El Rio gang member came to his door the morning after a high school football player was slain, clutching a newspaper story on the killing and saying, "I don't know why I did it."
His friend appeared distraught and said he might kill himself, Phillip Tinoco testified Wednesday during the second day of a preliminary hearing for Moralez, 21, who faces murder, perjury, weapons possession and street terrorism charges in the 1999 slaying of Frank Miramontez, 17.
Moralez later turned over a handgun to Tinoco, asking him to get rid of it, Tinoco said. "He said, 'We shouldn't live the lives we do,' " said Tinoco, who with Moralez was a member of an El Rio gang.
Tinoco and eight other witnesses built a case Wednesday against Moralez, who prosecutors believe shot Miramontez six times as he sat in his car in El Rio. A mutual friend, Gabriel Camacho, testified Wednesday that days after the killing, he and Tinoco sold a gun in Ojai for $40 and some marijuana.