A 20-year-old Hemet man accused in the stabbing death of his stepfather must stand trial on a murder charge, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Alonso Rodriguez Jr. is charged with killing 36-year-old Luis Perez at the victim’s home the night of May 13, 2018.

Following a preliminary hearing at the Southwest Justice Center, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Kelly Hansen found there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial on the murder count, as well as a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.

Rodriguez is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta and is due back in court on Sept. 27 for a post-preliminary hearing arraignment at the Banning Justice Center.

According to Hemet police Lt. Eddie Pust, there was a confrontation between the victim and his stepson, who allegedly stabbed him multiple times about about 11:20 p.m. at his home in the 1000 block of North State Street, near Fruitvale Avenue.

Officers were called to the scene moments after the assault and discovered Perez clinging to life. He was taken to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley, where he died four hours later.

A motive for the attack was not disclosed.

The defendant was taken into custody without a struggle on State Street the following night, along with a 20-year-old friend who was not charged in the case.

Rodriguez has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.

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