A 39-year-old San Bernardino man accused of gunning down his wife and wounding his son during an attack in Eastvale pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder and other charges.
Rahman Leon Hunter allegedly attacked his family members in the 7200 block of Lazare Court, near Archibald Avenue, last month.
Along with murder, he is charged with attempted murder and sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.
The defendant was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge David Gunn, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Dec. 10 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
Hunter is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Brosche, about 1 a.m. on Aug. 16, there was a domestic dispute involving Hunter and his spouse, 37-year-old Chiana Hunter. Brosche alleged that during the confrontation, the defendant pulled a handgun and shot the woman and their 15-year-old son.
Witnesses called 911, and deputies reached the location moments later, finding Chiana Hunter in grave condition. First responders tried to save her, but she died at the scene, according to the sergeant.
The boy was taken to Riverside Community Hospital and underwent surgery. He is now recovering.
Hunter fled in a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe, heading north to Hesperia, where he was apprehended without incident 10 hours later, Brosche said.
The defendant has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County. However, he has a misdemeanor shoplifting conviction in San Bernardino County, according to court records.
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