A felon accused of shooting a man on a rural property south of Hemet made his initial court appearance Wednesday on murder and other charges.

Derrick Anthony Edgerson, 45, of Hemet was arrested Thursday after the alleged attack in the 40500 block of Newport Road, near Girard Street, about a mile east of Diamond Valley Lake.

In addition to murder, Edgerson is charged with kidnapping, firearm assault, being a convicted felon in possession of a gun and sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.

The defendant appeared before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Judith Clark, who appointed him a public defender and scheduled his arraignment for April 12 at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.

The judge set bail at $1 million. Edgerson is being held at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

The victim, whose identity is pending release by the coroner’s office, was allegedly taken to the remote Newport Road residence and shot by the defendant on Thursday morning, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Carroll.

Carroll said deputies were called to the location and found the body, then summoned homicide detectives.

The investigation quickly pointed to Edgerson as the alleged perpetrator, and he was taken into custody without incident in the general area, according to the sergeant, who did not release a possible motive or other details.

Court records show the defendant has prior felony convictions for grand theft and domestic violence.

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