ACAMPO, Calif. (CBS13) — The investigation into the fatal ambush shooting of a woman in 2009 has led to the arrest of three suspects, all of whom turned out to be friends of the victim’s family.

The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department said 23-year-old Stockton resident Alfonze Fitzhugh, 26-year-old Lodi resident Carlos Hernandez and 20-year-old Stockton resident Robert Antonio Barnes were indicted by a grand jury for the murder of Britani Coberly and the shooting of Evan Karoway on November 18, 2009.

Authorities said Coberly and Karoway were shot by gunmen lying in wait when they returned home from a fast food restaurant late at night near Highway 99.

Karoway was wounded in the first volley of gunfire and tried to run with Coberly to safety, but a second round of shooting fatally wounded the 20-year-old woman.

“I did what little I knew of CPR and she let out her last gasp of air, and that was it,” Karoway said in a 2009 interview. “My world has been turned upside down.”

The arrest of the three suspects rocked Coberly’s family, who said the suspects attended her candlelight vigils and even came to her funeral.

“It just takes a lot of guts to show up to something like that,” said Donna Hovater, Britani’s aunt.

Fitzugh continued to reach out to the family until just before his arrest, even requesting to become Facebook friends with Hovater last week.

Family members suspect Britani was not the original target, but can’t imagine why the alleged culprits would target Karoway.

“There’s no reason for it, there’s never been a reason for it,” said Angie Coberly, Britani’s mother.

All three suspects are facing numerous charges that include murder, attempted murder and conspiracy.

Comments (12)
  1. Marc Sac says:

    Still no hate crime. Why because she is white? If she was black and those guys were white, she would be all over the news. disgracefull.

    1. Mike Soto says:

      They still feel privlaged to be here, take a look at Africa, total mess.

  2. toothslayer 32 says:

    disgusting waste of life those three should be shot to death like britani was. They will be released sooner than later in our pathetic state filled with bleeding heart judges who care more for the criminals than the victims. There is no such thing as justice in this state unless you meter it out yourself.

  3. pete says:

    save the taxs payers money and just shoot them

  4. Reality says:

    All minorities……didnt see that coming.

  5. GRAPEVINE says:

    Maybe and hopefully death penalty for all 3.

  6. Lori says:

    Personally I dont feel this has anything to do with race..we all bleed red blood when we are cut or shot..what this is 3 low life individuals who took a wonderful young womans life, her family has suffered and will continue ro suffer until there end on this earth..there will never be enough done to any of these 3 that will ease the pain that the Coberlys and extended family are going through, im a firm beleiver in, an eye for an eye

  7. Tiffany says:

    I dont think it has anything to do with race if she where black i doubt this story would be on the news. Lets get over the race and get justice for Coberly and Karoway.

  8. grim reaper says:


  9. Amen says:

    Justice for Karoway.? Really..? He still has his life! how about justice for BRITANI so she can REST IN PEACE. Or how about some justice for the Coberlys, maybe it will help them come to peace with this. Karoway is a low life the the other 3.

  10. jalvarez says:

    wow…doesn’t brittanys dad and that cowerd evin owe money from l.a. to palo alto. thats what light needs to be shinned. weres arron? how did Rob G get involved in a crime he had nada thing to do.. oohh see u tell on 3 u go free! house for sale already. alphonze is a great guy and a big hearted man. i stand behind him 100%.. Ill c u @ court…

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