An eighth suspect accused in the gang-related torture-killing of a 31-year-old Wildomar man last summer was charged with murder Friday.
Dean Marcum, 41, of Lake Elsinore was arrested Tuesday at a home in the 34000 block of Antelope Road in Murrieta and booked at the Riverside jail, where he’s being held without bail.
Along with murder, Marcum faces special circumstance allegations of committing a murder for the benefit of a street gang, and inflicting torture in the commission of a murder, which could make the defendant eligible for the death penalty if prosecutors opt to pursue it.
He is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.
Marcum is the eighth person charged with taking part in the killing of Frery Coronel, whose body was found Aug. 17, 2019, dumped on South Main Divide Road, roughly four miles south of the Ortega (74) Highway, in the Cleveland National Forest, just west of Lake Elsinore.
Marcum’s arrest followed a preliminary hearing last month for seven other defendants in the case who have been ordered to stand trial.
The murder investigation spanned nearly a year and detectives took the alleged perpetrators into custody on different days and at different locations.
The seven other suspects accused in the murder are also being held without bail. Roberto Ramon Camacho, 44, Christina Mesa, 31, Cristian Gabriel Meza, 28, Alejandro Villegas, 25, Tyrone David Jones, 37, David Victor Lindzy, 49, and Melissa Elyse Unger, 24. have a post-preliminary hearing arraignment scheduled for Monday at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.