Jury selection will begin Wednesday for the trial of a 62-year-old Lake Elsinore man accused of pulling a knife on sheriff’s deputies when they attempted to take him into custody for ignoring a restraining order.
Richard Allen Belville was arrested in June and charged with assault on a peace officer, resisting arrest and violating a domestic violence restraining order.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge John Davis heard pretrial motions Tuesday morning at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta and again inquired as to whether Belville intended to act as his own attorney, which the defendant confirmed.
Davis ordered several panels of prospective jurors to the courthouse Wednesday for screening as to their availability and fitness to hear evidence.
Belville is being held in lieu of $95,000 bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Glenn Warrington, deputies went to Belville’s residence in the 300 block of Main Street, near Summer Avenue, on the morning of June 21 to take the defendant into custody after an investigation revealed that a day earlier, he’d allegedly contacted a person who had sought and received court protection from him.
When deputies went to Belville’s front door, he tried to slam it shut, then “reached for a large hunting knife and moved towards the (deputies) in a threatening manner,” Warrington said.
One of the deputies deployed a Taser, causing Belville to fall to the ground and drop the knife, according to Warrington.
Belville was arrested without further incident and taken to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar to be medically cleared for booking, after which he was taken to jail.
No deputies were injured.
Belville has no documented prior felony or misdemeanor convictions in Riverside County.