Trial set in murder of Raleigh girl

July 10, 2008 12:02:37 PM PDT
The man believed to have pulled the trigger in the murder of a 13-year-old Raleigh girl turned down a chance to plead guilty to second-degree murder.

Gelnirys Ortega Herrera was shot in the head and killed in May of 2007 at the North Raleigh apartment she shared with her mother, who was also injured.

According to investigators, six men rushed into the apartment before the shooting. The suspects mistakenly believed a man who owed drug money was there.

Thursday, during a hearing for one of the defendants, Rashaan Ali, a Wake County prosecutor said he offered a deal to Ali.

As a part of the deal, Ali would have to plead guilty to second-degree murder, get a minimum of 19 years in prison and testify for the state.

That deal expired at the end of June and was not accepted, according to the prosecutor.

Ali is one of eight people charged in the crime and two others have accepted plea deals. The prosecutor told the judge two possible murder weapons were recovered. However, only one of those weapons could be placed in Ali's hand.

He will face a jury on first-degree murder charges beginning September 22.