Anthony "Tony" San Juan, 43, of Santa Maria, was shot and killed early Saturday morning, March 11, behind Elmer's bar, in what some are calling a "senseless" act of violence.

The shooting occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m., and during the course of the investigation, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's detectives developed information that pointed to suspect David Highley, 35, of Orcutt, who lives directly behind the bar.

Both Highley and his wife, Mayra Perez, are in custody and are on trial for various charges stemming from the incident. Follow the case in this collection of stories by court reporter Gina Kim.