A Hemet man accused of shooting his girlfriend and trying to shoot a police officer who attempted to detain him must stand trial on charges of attempted murder and attempted murder of a peace officer, a judge ruled Friday.
Kevin Lorell Carter, 40, was arrested on New Year’s Day after the alleged attack in the 600 block of Florida Avenue, near Tahquitz Avenue.
Following a preliminary hearing Friday morning at the Banning Justice Center, Riverside County Superior Court Judge W. Charles Morgan found there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial for Carter on the two attempted murder counts, as well as one count of domestic violence and sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.
The judge scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for July 16 at the Banning Justice Center and left the defendant’s bail set at $2 million. Carter is being held at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
According to Hemet police Lt. Jeff Davis, shortly before 5 a.m. on Jan. 1, Carter allegedly shot the woman, whose identity was not released, several times in her body during an argument on the street.
Patrol officers arrived within a couple of minutes and found the victim wounded, but the defendant’s whereabouts were initially unclear, Davis said.
He said a patrolman spotted Carter about a block away and tried to detain him, but the alleged assailant “pulled a firearm and shot at the officer.” The lawman did not return fire, according to the lieutenant.
Carter allegedly fled, trying to hide on Palm Avenue, where officers located him and took him into custody without further trouble, Davis said.
The gunshot victim was taken to a trauma center, where she underwent surgery. She has since recovered.
Carter has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.
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