A murder charge was filed Friday against one of two Banning residents arrested in the shooting death of a man gunned down in the city earlier this week.
Andrew Elijah Delgado, 20, made his initial court appearance Friday afternoon, along with Patrick Soward, 61, on charges stemming from the Tuesday afternoon shooting in the 3800 block of W. Ramsey Street.
The victim, identified only as John Doe in court documents, was shot just before 4 p.m. and died at the scene, according to the Banning Police Department. The defendants’ connection, if any, to the victim was not disclosed.
Though he was also booked on suspicion of murder, Soward was not charged with that crime. Instead, he faces a felony charge of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm — specifically a shotgun. The criminal complaint alleges that Soward has prior convictions that include a 1983 Riverside County robbery conviction.
According to police, Delgado and Soward were captured on surveillance footage leaving the shooting scene in Soward’s car. The men were arrested Tuesday night at Soward’s North Murray Street address, where investigators allegedly found additional evidence “showing Soward and Delgado’s involvement in the homicide earlier in the day.”
Police also allege the men dug a hole at the residence and burned other evidence connecting them to the killing.
Soward pleaded not guilty to all charges Friday afternoon, while Delgado’s arraignment was rescheduled for Oct. 5.
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