High school students plead not guilty in paintball attacks
Three Bellarmine-Jefferson High School students on Friday pleaded not guilty to felony charges related to a series of paintball attacks last month on passersby in Burbank.
Eric Marcson Lopez -- previously identified as Eric Monson -- of Tujunga, Kevin Yuenyongsakul of Los Angeles, and Julian Stephens of Studio City, all 18, were charged in Los Angeles Superior Court with multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
Lopez, a senior captain on the Bellarmine-Jefferson football team this past season, faces 12 counts related to the 13 paintball attacks, which over the course of several days included a girl on a bike, seniors and a 16-year-old boy. Paintballs also hit and defaced buildings.
Officials said Stephens, with two felony charges in the court complaint, was out on bail on a drug-possession charge when the 18-year-olds were arrested on Feb. 2 in connection with the paintball hits, and so will face an additional charge for the alleged felonies.
-- Gretchen Meier, Burbank Leader / Times Community News