Four of seven people accused in the gang-related torture-killing of a 31-year-old Wildomar man whose remains were dumped in the Cleveland National Forest pleaded not guilty Friday to murder and other charges.
Roberto Ramon Camacho, 43, Christina Mesa, 30, Cristian Gabriel Meza, 28, and Alejandro Villegas, 25, were arrested over the last six weeks in connection to the August slaying of Frery Coronel.
In addition to first-degree murder, all four face special circumstance allegations of killing for the benefit of a criminal street gang and inflicting torture in the commission of a murder.
They were arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Stephen Gallon, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Nov. 22 at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.
Their alleged cohorts, 37-year-old Tyrone David Jones, 48-year-old David Victor Lindzy and 23-year-old Melissa Elyse Unger, are facing similar charges and are slated to be arraigned next week.
All seven defendants are being held without bail at county lockups in Murrieta and Banning.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Ben Ramirez, Coronel was abducted in mid-August and killed at an undisclosed location. The exact method by which he died was not disclosed, nor was a motive specified, other than it was a gang-related.
The victim’s body was found Aug. 17 on the South Main Divide Road, roughly four miles south of the Ortega (74) Highway, in the Cleveland National Forest, just west of Lake Elsinore.
In the ensuing investigation, detectives began identifying the alleged perpetrators, finding and taking them into custody on different days and at different locations.
Ramirez said the investigation is ongoing and there may be further developments.
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