A convicted felon accused of fatally beating a 23-year-old woman inside his Moreno Valley residence must stand trial for murder, a judge ruled Thursday.

Ricardo Rivera, 24, was arrested a year ago for the alleged fatal assault on Ashley Brosious of Moreno Valley.

Following a preliminary hearing at the Riverside Hall of Justice, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Carol Greene 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 — a blunt instrument — in the commission of a felony.

The judge scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for March 20 and left Rivera’s bail set at $1 million.

The defendant is being held at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Ben Ramirez, deputies were sent to Rivera’s house in the 23100 block of Denver Court, near Adeline Avenue, about 5 p.m. on Jan. 17, 2019, to investigate reports of a woman in need of medical aid.

“Upon arrival, (deputies) located a deceased female with obvious signs of trauma,” Ramirez said.

He said Rivera was in the residence and detained for questioning, culminating in his arrest a few hours later.

The relationship between the probationer and victim and a possible motive for the alleged attack were not disclosed.

According to court records, Rivera has a prior conviction for domestic violence. The victim in that 2017 case was someone other than Brosious, records showed.

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