A 21-year-old convicted felon accused of fatally shooting the mother of his infant son and wounding his father during a fit of rage at his family’s Riverside home pleaded not guilty Friday to murder and other charges.
Andrew Matthew Stewart was arrested in June after allegedly gunning down 23-year-old Kim Grajeda and inflicting a non-life-threatening wound on his father at the latter’s property in the 16000 block of Jordana Circle, about a mile north of Lake Mathews.
He is charged with murder, attempted murder and child endangerment, along with sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.
Stewart is being held in lieu of $2 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside and is scheduled to return to court on Oct. 18 for a felony settlement conference at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
According to investigators, Stewart got into an argument with Grajeda for reasons unclear on the afternoon of June 1. The woman was living with the probationer and his parents after giving birth to the defendant’s son, Max, a month earlier, and she had reporetedly threatened to leave him several times due to alleged domestic violence.
An argument erupted on the day of the attack, and Stewart allegedly flew into a rage and shot Grajeda several times in the upper body with a handgun, and also fired a round at his father. The infant was nearby at the time but not hit by gunfire, according to investigators.
Grajeda died at the scene. The defendant’s father was taken to Riverside Community Hospital, where he underwent surgery.
According to court records, Stewart has prior convictions for assault with a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon and assault resulting in great bodily injury.