An ex-con accused of robbing and prompting a man to leap from a moving car, causing fatal injuries, was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on murder and other charges.

Dimantria Frances James, 46, of Riverside, was arrested in January 2017 for the death of 27-year-old Giovanni Rodriguez.

Following a preliminary hearing at the Riverside Hall of Justice, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Samuel Diaz found there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial on the murder charge, two counts of robbery and one count each of kidnapping, kidnapping to commit robbery, malicious damage to property and a special circumstance allegation of killing during the course of a robbery.

Diaz scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for May 15 and left James’ bail set at $1.5 million. She’s being held at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.

According to investigators, the defendant was allegedly working as a prostitute when she met Rodriguez in the predawn hours of Nov. 26, 2015.

She convinced the victim to ride with her to another location, but after he got into her vehicle, James allegedly pulled a weapon and began driving at high speed, demanding that Rodriguez surrender his mobile phone and other belongings, prosecutors allege.

The victim tried to escape by jumping out of the car near the intersection of Kansas Avenue and 12th Street in Riverside, according to police.

He landed on his head after tumbling out of the speeding vehicle, suffering major blunt force trauma. He was found dead in the middle of the street a short time later.

James was not immediately identified as a suspect, and it was not until she allegedly perpetrated a similar robbery against another man months later that detectives connected her to Rodriguez’s death.

According to court records, James has prior convictions for vehicular manslaughter, extortion and possession of controlled substances.

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