Two men accused of gunning down a customer at a Riverside hookah bar pleaded not guilty Friday to murder and other charges.
Dontay Dwayne Davis, 32, of Corona and Andrew Lewis Jones, 28, of San Jacinto are accused in the 2019 slaying of 27-year-old Derrick Carlisle near the intersection of University and Iowa avenues.
Along with first-degree murder, the men are charged with sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.
They were jointly arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Gail O’Rane, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Feb. 18 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
Both are being held without bail — Davis at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, and Jones at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.
Davis was arrested in August after homicide detectives served a search warrant at his home on Homestead Road.
U.S. Marshals tracked Jones to a residence in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he was taken into custody without incident on Sept. 12. He was extradited to California a month later.
Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback said both defendants were identified as the alleged attackers following a nearly yearlong investigation into the attack, which occurred about 3 a.m. on Aug. 17, 2019.
Carlisle, a California Department of Motor Vehicles employee, was in the bar when the defendants confronted him. Railsback alleged that the men targeted the father of two without provocation, shooting him in the upper body.
It was unclear whether they knew the victim. There was no robbery.
Railsback said the defendants fled before patrol deputies reached the business, where Carlisle was pronounced dead moments later.
With the help of investigators from the Riverside and San Bernardino County sheriff’s departments, the defendants were ultimately identified as the alleged assailants.
According to court records, Davis has prior felony convictions from 2007, but the offenses weren’t specified. Jones has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.
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