A 38-year-old man accused of fatally beating his wife at her Lake Elsinore home pleaded not guilty to a murder charge Thursday.

Marchello Jonathan Hill was charged on Dec. 11 following his arrest the previous week stemming from a Riverside County sheriff’s investigation into the death of 44-year-old Vonshone R. Walker, who was found dead two days prior.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Ken Thurm, relatives of Walker discovered her unconscious in her residence at 1118 Monroe St. about 2:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Thurm said one of the witnesses initiated CPR, while another called 911. Deputies and paramedics arrived within minutes, and despite life-saving measures, the victim died at the scene, according to the sergeant.

He said detectives soon identified the 6-foot-2-inch, 300-pound Hill as the alleged perpetrator, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. A possible motive for the attack has not been disclosed.

The defendant was stopped the day of his arrest by Hawthorne police officers along Hawthorne Boulevard, where he was taken into custody without a struggle. Hill was turned over to sheriff’s deputies the same day.

It was unclear how long the defendant and victim had been together. According to public records, Hill’s last known address was in Durham, North Carolina.

He has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.

Hill, who is being held on $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside, is scheduled to return to court for a felony settlement conference Feb. 21 at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.

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