SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – The teen accused of killing Santa Fe basketball star J.B. White is headed to trial for murder, as an adult. This afternoon a judge ruled there is enough evidence in the case to proceed.

During Wednesday’s preliminary hearing a witness says the party was normal, and everyone was enjoying themselves until Estevan Montoya showed up with his friends. She says Montoya is part of a gang.

The witnesses say they saw multiple fights at the party, while White was trying to break one of those fights up, he and Montoya began arguing.

She says she’s not sure what sparked their altercation, but she saw White run after Montoya and moments later she saw Montoya shoot White. They say Montoya took off running, and jumped a fence, firing off one more gunshot.

Investigators also testified Wednesday morning. They say they searched the entire area around the house and completed multiple search warrants but were never able to find the gun.

The state is requesting Montoya be held on pre-trial detention. They’re expected to have that hearning Monday afternoon. White was just months away from playing for the Lobos when he was killed.

His death drew attention across the sports world. The Undefeated, which is owned by EPSN, posted a story about White and another California player who was recently murdered. In it, Santa Fe High coach Zack Cole called white a ‘once in a lifetime talent who was just scratching the surface how good he could be’ and ‘I still can’t believe he’s not here.’

Montoya is being hit with four charges, including first-degree murder, negligent use of a weapon, unlawful use of a handgun, and tampering with evidence.

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