Man accused of killing Hayward Sgt. Scott Lunger appears in court

Byby Melanie Woodrow KGO logo
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Man accused of killing Hayward police sergeant appears in court
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A man accused of fatally shooting Hayward police Sgt. Scott Lunger during a traffic stop appeared in court Tuesday, but did not enter a plea because his attorney requested the hearing be moved to October 9.

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Mark Estrada, 21, appeared in court Tuesday and is being charged with murder and three special circumstance clauses for fatally shooting Hayward Sgt. Scott Lunger during a traffic stop last month.

Estrada was expected to enter a plea, but he did not because his attorney who had just taken the case requested the hearing be moved to October 9.

Estrada appeared to have long hair and did not seem to look at his family in court.

The court was packed with dozens of Hayward police officers as well as Lunger's family, including his brother.

Neither family wanted to speak, but Estrada's attorney did share he had just taken the case and described the challenge of representing someone in such a high-profile case. "There's probably over a half dozen murder cases probably in this building, but obviously because of the nature of the case it's getting a lot more scrutiny by the public and the media and probably by the courts and law enforcement and the DA's office as well," Robert Byers said.

Estrada's mother said she was not surprised by what happened in court, but remains heartbroken.

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