Two men accused of fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy at the wheel of a car in Moreno Valley made their initial court appearance Thursday.
Michael Reed, 28, of Perris and London Tariq Strider, 18, of Chino allegedly gunned down Markese Benny Holland of San Bernardino in late January.
Both men are charged with murder and a sentence-enhancing allegation of firing a gun from a moving vehicle, while Strider alone is charged with sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.
They appeared jointly before Riverside County Superior Court Judge David Gunn, who appointed each man an attorney and scheduled their arraignment for May 7 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
Both are being held without bail — Reed at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside, and Strider at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Espinoza, about 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 27, Holland was approaching the intersection of Avenida Classica and Lasselle Street when he was shot in his vehicle.
Witnesses called 911, and deputies reached the location within a couple of minutes, Espinoza said. He said the teenager was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
A search of the immediate area turned up no suspects. However, in the ensuing investigation, Central Homicide Unit detectives ultimately identified Reed and Strider as the alleged assailants, according to the sergeant.
The defendants were located at their respective residences Friday and taken into custody without incident. A possible motive for the killing was not disclosed.
Neither man has documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.