Two men and two women accused of fatally shooting a San Jacinto resident and her male companion as they drove on the Ramona Expressway must stand trial for two counts of first-degree murder, a judge ruled Friday.
Martel Patrick McBride and Kenneth Hahn Wilson, both 19, along with Alexis Mary Garcia and Ariel Irene Savoie, both 20 — and all of Hemet — allegedly killed 19-year-old Lauren Lopez and 22-year-old Patrick Powell of Hemet in 2018.
In addition to the murder counts, Wilson is charged with a special circumstance allegation of taking multiple lives, as well as gun and great bodily injury allegations.
Following a preliminary hearing at the Riverside Hall of Justice, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Ronald Taylor found there was sufficient evidence to bound all four defendants over for trial. He scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for June 21 at the Banning Justice Center.
Garcia is being held in lieu of $2 million bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside; McBride is being held on the same amount at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta; and Savoie and Wilson are both being held at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning — her in lieu of $2 million bail, and him without bail.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Walter Mendez, Lopez and Powell were shot to death just before noon on Jan. 3, 2018.
The victims were on the Ramona Expressway, approaching Warren Road, when Powell’s hatchback was struck by gunfire.
Mendez said the vehicle came to a stop on the shoulder, prompting passers-by to call 911. Deputies and paramedics arrived moments later, discovering the two victims gravely wounded.
They were taken to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley, where the pair were pronounced dead less than an hour later.
Sheriff’s investigators did not disclose a possible motive or any details regarding how the four defendants were identified.
None of them have prior documented felony or misdemeanor convictions as adults.
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