An appellate court cleared a man’s kidnapping conviction related to a drug dealer’s murder Nov. 16. His murder charge, and his accomplice’s, were affirmed by the court.
Adrian Fernandez murdered supplier Sergio Lopez Fernandez with the help of Enrique Martinez and another man who testified against them, according to the unpublished appellate ruling. Fernandez had received at least 925 grams of methamphetamines from Lopez Fernandez on credit, according to the ruling. Fernandez was going to sell the drugs, but a California Highway Patrol officer seized them first, according to the ruling.
The loss of the meth resulted in Fernandez’s debt to Lopez Fernandez, the ruling states. Lopez Fernandez threatened Fernandez’s family unless