Four Arrested in Merced County Double Homicide

FRESNO, Calif.

20-year-old Bryan Bridgeford and 20-year-old Jose German were arrested early Tuesday morning, along with a 17-year-old whose identity is not being released. Thursday, a 16-year-old was also taken into custody.

The four suspects are accused of shooting 16-year-old /*Leonel Medina*/ and 21-year-old /*Juan Avalos*/ while the two were listening to music in Medina's garage last week.

Detectives also believe they now know the motive for the execution style shooting.

Merced County /*Sheriff Mark Pazin*/ said, "The two victims and the suspects had been in a verbal feud in the weeks leading up to this murder. And there are some gang overtones."

Detectives have also recovered a weapon they believe was used in the murders.

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