A 59-year-old probationer accused of fatally stabbing a Riverside man during a confrontation on the city’s eastside pleaded not guilty Friday to murder and other offenses.
Armando Meza was arrested hours after the September attack in the 4200 block of Park Avenue, near 12th Street.
Along with the murder count, Meza is charged with a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony and probation violations.
He was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge O.G. Magno, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Dec. 18 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
The defendant is being held on $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.
About 1:15 p.m. Sept. 28, Meza got into an argument with the victim that escalated into violence, then he pulled a knife and stabbed the man multiple times, Railsback alleged.
He said Meza fled the location as witnesses called 911.
Paramedics arrived within several minutes and found the victim clinging to life. He was taken to Riverside Community Hospital, where he died a short time later, according to Railsback.
The victim’s identity was not immediately released.
Detectives developed leads in the investigation several hours later, pointing to Meza as the alleged perpetrator. He was arrested without a struggle less than two blocks away.
According to court records, he has two prior misdemeanor convictions for driving under the influence.