Man accused of killing 15-year-old at Stockton school appears in court, denied bail

Anthony Gray, the 52-year-old man accused of stabbing and killing 15-year-old Alycia Reynaga at a Stockton high school, was denied bail after appearing in court for the first time on Wednesday. Gray had been on probation and faces murder charges in Reynaga’s death on Monday. Appearing in a red jail jumpsuit, Gray told the judge that he understood the charges against him, but did not enter a plea. The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office said jail inmates in red jumpsuits are typically held in different parts of the jail, which are more secure. The judge overseeing the case denied Gray bail. In court documents KCRA 3 obtained, Gray had faced at least 14 charges in Santa Clara County from 1989 to 2002. The charges ranged from possession and sale of cocaine, public intoxication, fighting, and second-degree burglary. In 2002, Santa Clara Court ordered an evaluation of his mental health. San Joaquin District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar also added that Gray faced another charge in Napa from 2012 for assault with force. She also dispelled rumors that Gray had been homeless, stating that he had a job as a warehouse worker, had a residence, a car and a mobile phone. a random act of violence against the teen. Gray does face a special circumstance of having planned the stabbing, although the district attorney did not elaborate what piece of evidence led to this charge. suspect entered the school and stabilized her, according to the Stockton Unified School District.| RELATED | Read the criminal complaint against Gray Police said Gray drove to the front parking lot of the school and parked his vehicle. He then walked inside the campus and stabbed the teen.Officers told KCRA 3 that night the attack was a “random act.”San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar spoke after Gray appeared in court, saying that he faced the possibility of life without parole.“As a mother, this seemingly random act of violence is devastating,” she said, sending condolences to her family.Salazar added that as a prosecutor she was “frustrated and quite frankly angry.”“The defendant walked onto a high school campus and allegedly committed a horrific act of violence against a child,” she said. She called for legislation allowing for a knife enhancement similar to a gun enhancement. “Anybody using a knife resulting in the great bodily injury or death of another should have the same consequences as an individual using a gun. That enhancement, that law, needs to be changed,” Salazar said. She added that there should be stricter consequences for a child being hurt or killed on a school campus. “Change it that anybody that goes onto a school campus and kills a child automatically will be sentenced on a life without the possibility of parole, will receive a special circumstance, ensuring our public they will never walk amongst us, because there are some people who cannot be amongst us,” Salazar said. Since Reynaga’s killing, the school brought in counselors and therapy dogs, along with added police patrols, as students expressed fears about their own safety. Gray is next due in court on May 16 for further arraignment.

Anthony Gray, the 52-year-old man accused of stabbing and killing 15-year-old Alycia Reynaga at a Stockton high school, was denied bail after appearing in court for the first time on Wednesday.

Gray had been on probation and faces murder charges in Reynaga’s death on Monday.

Appearing in a red jail jumpsuit, Gray told the judge that he understood the charges against him, but did not enter a plea. The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office said jail inmates in red jumpsuits are typically held in different parts of the jail, which are more secure.

The judge overseeing the case denied Gray bail.

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In court documents KCRA 3 obtained, Gray had faced at least 14 charges in Santa Clara County from 1989 to 2002. The charges ranged from possession and sale of cocaine, public intoxication, fighting, and second-degree burglary. In 2002, Santa Clara Court ordered an evaluation of his mental health.

San Joaquin District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar also added that Gray faced another charge in Napa from 2012 for assault with force. She also dispelled rumors that Gray had been homeless, stating that he had a job as a warehouse worker, had a residence, a car and a mobile phone.

The district attorney also stressed that Gray and Reynaga did not know each other and that this was a random act of violence against the teen. Gray does face a special circumstance of having planned the stabbing, although the district attorney did not elaborate what piece of evidence led to this charge.

Reynaga was a freshman at Stagg High School in Stockton and a junior varsity softball player who was killed Monday when the suspect entered the school and stabbed her, according to the Stockton Unified School District.

| RELATED | Read the criminal complaint against Gray

Police said Gray drove to the front parking lot of the school and parked his vehicle. He then walked inside the campus and stabilized the teen.

Officers told KCRA 3 that night the attack was a “random act.”

San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar spoke after Gray appeared in court, saying that he faced the possibility of life without parole.

“As a mother, this seemingly random act of violence is devastating,” she said, sending condolences to her family.

Salazar added that as a prosecutor she was “frustrated and quite frankly angry.”

“The defendant walked onto a high school campus and allegedly committed a horrific act of violence against a child,” she said.

She called for legislation allowing for a knife enhancement similar to a gun enhancement.

“Anybody using a knife resulting in the great bodily injury or death of another should have the same consequences as an individual using a gun. That enhancement, that law, needs to be changed,” Salazar said.

She added that there should be stricter consequences for a child being hurt or killed on a school campus.

“Change it that anybody that goes onto a school campus and kills a child automatically will be sentenced on a life without the possibility of parole, will receive a special circumstance, ensuring our public they will never walk amongst us, because there are some people who cannot be amongst us,” Salazar said.

Since Reynaga’s killing, the school brought in counselors and therapy dogs, along with added police patrols, as students expressed fears about their own safety.

Gray is next due in court on May 16 for further arraignment.

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