Nearly two years after corrections counselor Benny Alcala Jr. was shot and killed in a Target parking lot on Stockdale Highway, the trial for the two men suspected of killing him moved forward Monday in Kern County Superior Court.

Robert Roberts, 31, is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree attempted robbery and possessing a firearm as a felon after he is suspected of killing 43-year-old Alcala on Aug. 24, 2022.