The five people arrested in connection with the death of a Santa Maria teenager may face the death penalty after additional charges were brought against them Wednesday.
The five suspects arrested in connection with the death of 15-year-old Dystiny Myers now face charges of premeditated murder, along with enhancements including torture, kidnapping and aiding and abetting. Those enhancements make them eligible for the death penalty, although prosecutors have not yet decided if they will ask for such a punishment.
Little information has been released by Sheriff's Department officials about what may have led to Dystiny's burned body being discovered Sept. 26 in a remote Santa Margarita field. The five who have pleaded not guilty to murder - and denied the related enhancements in court Wednesday - are: Jason Adam Greenwell, 20, Frank Jacob York, 19, and Rhonda Maye Wisto, 47, all of Nipomo; Ty Michael Hill, 28, of Santa Maria; and Cody Lane Miller, 22, of Fresno.
A judge on Wednesday imposed a gag order on the case, which means lawyers and those connected with the case are not allowed to discuss it outside the courtroom.