A 44-year-old man accused of running over and killing his ex-girlfriend on a Nuevo street, as well as injuring her mother when she tried to intervene, pleaded not guilty Friday to murder and other offenses.
Bun Thieng Leuk allegedly killed Linda Holguin in a vehicular assault earlier this month.
Along with murder, Leuk is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, child endangerment and violating a domestic violence restraining order.
He was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Jackson, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Oct. 8 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
Jackson left the defendant’s bail set at $1.1 million. He’s being held at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.
According to sheriff’s officials, about 5 p.m. Sept. 9, Leuk was involved in a dispute with Holguin while the victim stood with her children and mother, Frances Rios, outside her home in the 29000 block of 13th Street in Nuevo.
While at the wheel of his Toyota Tacoma pickup truck, Leuk allegedly threw the vehicle into gear and aimed it at Holguin, according to witnesses.
“She was run over multiple times,” Holguin’s niece, Desire Perez, wrote in a social media post.
Rios was struck when she attempted to come to her daughter’s aid, suffering minor injuries, according to investigators.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Espinoza said Leuk fled the area before deputies arrived. Holguin was pronounced dead at the scene.
Rios was treated for her injuries at a hospital and released a short time later.
During the predawn hours of Sept. 11, Fontana police officers stopped Leuk in his pickup on Riverside Avenue, near Interstate 10, where he was taken into custody without a struggle.
According to court records, the defendant has a separate unresolved case pending for domestic battery, making criminal threats and robbery. He has no documented prior felony convictions.
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