STOCKTON — Celina Victoria Ramirez knew the man formally charged with her murder, court documents show.

And up until earlier this year, Ramirez herself was a co-defendant with that man’s older brother charged with a 2016 Lodi homicide, records indicate. She ended up pleading to felony being an accessory after the fact with a gang enhancement and receiving a four-year sentence. Because of the time she already served in the San Joaquin County Jail, Ramirez was allowed to walk free May 7.

Meanwhile, Edgar Corrales, 23, the older brother of Alexes Daniel “Mumbles” Corrales, 20 — who is charged with suspicion of killing Ramirez because she was the witness to a crime — is in Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City for the murder of Louis Delatorre of Lodi on Jan. 25, 2016. He was sentenced to 25 years to life and is eligible for parole in June 2035, according to state records.

Alexes Corrales is in the County Jail in French Camp without bail awaiting trial on suspicion of killing Ramirez, 22. If convicted, he faces the possibility of death or life in state prison without the possibility of parole. He is scheduled for further arraignment in Department 8B of Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. June 26.

At this time, it is unknown if the District Attorney’s Office will seek the death penalty against Alexes Corrales.

“As far as a decision to seek death in this case, that decision is not made at the outset of any case and will be made at a later date as the case progresses,” Robert Himelblau, supervising deputy district attorney, stated in a written response to a Record inquiry.

Both Himelblau and Stockton police spokesman Officer Joe Silva stated they would not be discussing any facts of this case beyond what has already been released. However, public court records show connections between Ramirez and both Corrales brothers.

The first connection is illustrated by an infraction filed against both Ramirez and Alexes Corrales after they were caught by a game warden trespassing after hours on state land on Oct. 16, 2015, when Ramirez was 19 and Corrales was 18.

Next, about 4:40 a.m. Jan. 25, 2016, Lodi police discovered 27-year-old Louis Delatorre dead from multiple gunshot wounds inside a vehicle parked in the 500 block of East Oak Street in east Lodi. That afternoon, Stockton police made a traffic stop just north of downtown that led to the arrests of Ramirez, Edgar Corrales and two juveniles, Anthony Provencio and Angel Antonio Arandas.

Lodi detectives were called to the scene and gathered evidence that led them to arrest Edgar Corrales for the slaying of Delatorre with gang enhancements.

Ramirez was found in the vehicle allegedly concealing a short-barrel shotgun in her pants, according to a Stockton police report. She was arrested on suspicion of multiple gun possession charges. The initial murder case filed against Edgar Corrales also charged Ramirez with suspicion of being an accessory after the fact, acting to benefit a criminal street gang, and carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle by a gang member. That complaint was amended March 3, 2016, to also charge Ramirez with suspicion of murdering Delatorre.

For the next 700-plus days, Ramirez languished in jail without bail while the murder case against her and Edgar Corrales labored on. Then, on Jan. 22 of this year, a court document showed that a judge released Ramirez from jail on her own recognizance.

On Feb. 28, Edgar Corrales was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the Delatorre murder, without any enhancements. On March 19, he entered Pelican Bay and, with credit for time served, he is eligible for parole in June 2035.

On May 7, just about one month before she was shot to death, Ramirez was sentenced to a four-year prison sentence as an accessory after the fact to Delatorre’s murder and for street gang activity. With credit for time served in jail, she was released and free to move on with her life. Conditions of her sentence included that she register as a gang offender and she could not own or possess a firearm for the rest of her life.

In Ramirez’s court file is a handwritten letter from David and Ruth Molina Gonzalez of Dallas County, Texas, who identified themselves as her cousins. The letter served to inform officials that upon Ramirez’s release, she had a stable home to move to in Texas and a full-time job lined up. There was also a barber college near their home that Ramirez could attend to pursue a career she had expressed an interest in.

Within hours after Ramirez was found June 9 on a West Lane sidewalk outside a north Stockton shopping center with a fatal gunshot wound to the head, Alexes Corrales was arrested and charged with numerous felonies including suspicion of murder with three special circumstances: murder of a witness, discharging a firearm from a vehicle with the intent to kill and murder committed for a criminal street gang.

Contact reporter Joe Goldeen at (209) 546-8278 or Follow him at and on Twitter @JoeGoldeen.