A 28-year-old parolee accused of stabbing a man to death in Indio last weekend pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a murder charge.
Indio resident Vicente Angel Munoz also denied sentence-enhancing allegations of using a knife during the commission of a felony and committing a serious felony.
Bail was set at $1 million for Munoz, who remains in custody at the Indio jail. He is scheduled to return to the Larson Justice Center in Indio on April 2 for a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to proceed to trial.
Munoz allegedly got into a fight with the victim — what triggered it was unclear — and stabbed him about 12:55 a.m. Saturday near Jefferson Street and Highway 111, according to the Indio Police Department.
When officers arrived at the location, they found Maurice Brock, 27, of Indio lying on the ground in front of a Circle K store. He died at JFK Memorial Hospital about 2 a.m.
Detectives did not say how they identified Munoz, who was arrested about 11 a.m. that day in La Quinta, as a suspect.
Court records show Munoz has a prior felony burglary conviction in Riverside County.
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