Johnny Ortiz, an actor who has appeared in movies such as “McFarland, USA” and “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie,” is facing a premeditated attempted murder charge.
According to legal documents obtained by TMZ on Monday, Ortiz, 24, and co-defendant Armando Miguel Navarro, 18, attempted to kill a man named Brian Duke “for the benefit of, at the direction of, and in association with a criminal street gang with the specific intent to promote, further and assist in criminal conduct by gang members."
Ortiz was arrested in late May and remains behind bars. His bail has been set at $1.1 million.
Per People, Navarro is being accused of using a handgun to shoot Duke during the May 24 incident. His bail has been set at $2 million.
TMZ reports that Ortiz has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to attend a preliminary hearing on Monday.
Ortiz’s family has also maintained Johnny’s innocence, and created a GoFundMe page last week to raise funds for his bail.
“Johnny is everything to our family. Johnny does everything to help the community and the Hispanic community especially. Johnny has contributed to many non-profit organizations and community organizations. He is in jail fighting for his case that he is innocent on. We want our beloved family member back with us,” they wrote.
“He’s a brother, son, and friend to our family. We lost our beloved mother with cancer and losing another family member breaks our heart. Please help us pay for Johnny Bail Bond to get him out. Anything helps.”
As of this writing, the page has raised $780.