A Desert Hot Springs couple accused of illegally manufacturing weapons and explosives re-entered not guilty pleas Friday to felony and misdemeanor charges and are due back in court in late September.
Kevin Boykin and Naomi Medina, both 21, are each charged with one count of possession of a destructive device or explosive without a permit, a felony, and failure to apply a serial number to a manufactured weapon, a misdemeanor.
Boykin also is charged with manufacturing weapons without a permit, a misdemeanor.
Medina is additionally charged with possessing ammunition within five years of being released from a mental health facility, a felony, according to the criminal complaint filed by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.
In a preliminary hearing earlier this month at the Larson Justice Center in Indio, Superior Court Judge Jessica P. Silvers ruled that prosecutors presented sufficient evidence for the defendants to proceed to trial.
The investigation stemmed from a gun recovered during a carjacking that tied back to an alleged weapons and explosives manufacturing operation at a home in the 67700 block of Hatchet Cactus Drive, according to police and prosecutors.
The defendants were arrested on June 26, 2019, when investigators served a search warrant at the residence that turned up “evidence indicative of manufacturing handguns and rifles” and “materials to build explosive devices,” according to a Desert Hot Springs police statement.
Neither defendant has any documented felony convictions in Riverside County.
Both defendants remain out of custody on $25,000 bond, and are scheduled to return to court for a trial-readiness conference on Sept. 29.
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