Arraignment is scheduled Wednesday for a 22-year-old man accused in the shooting death of a Desert Hot Springs resident more than three years ago.

Richard Alex Bernal of Desert Hot Springs is accused of killing 35-year-old Emanuel Jenkins.

Bernal is charged with murder, and faces a sentence-enhancing allegation of discharging a firearm causing great bodily injury. He’s scheduled to be arraigned at the Larson Justice Center in Indio Wednesday morning.

Jenkins was found dead about 4:30 a.m. on June 15, 2017, in the 66200 block of Pierson Boulevard, near Cactus Drive, according to the Desert Hot Springs Police Department.

Police did not release additional information about the slaying, or how they identified Bernal as a suspect.

He is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.

Prosecutors charged Bernal in the killing on Dec. 22, but the defendant was already in custody awaiting trial stemming from allegations he opened fire on two men in Desert Hot Springs during a gun sale-turned-robbery in August 2018.

One of the men was hospitalized with several gunshot wounds. The defendant was subsequently charged with attempted murder and robbery.

Bernal is additionally awaiting trial on a felony charge of carrying a loaded firearm in which he was not the registered owner.

Bernal has no documented felony convictions in Riverside County.

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