A Riverside man accused of fatally stabbing his 62-year-old mother pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder.
Otis James Porter, 38, was arrested immediately after the alleged March 21 late afternoon attack on Linda Coleman at her apartment in the 4200 block of Monroe Street, near California Avenue.
Along with murder, Porter is charged with using a deadly weapon — a knife — in the commission of a felony.
He was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Gail O’Rane, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for June 10 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
The judge kept Porter’s bail at $1 million. He’s being held at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.
According to Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback, the defendant and his mother got into an argument that escalated into physical violence, and Porter allegedly grabbed a knife and stabbed her numerous times.
“He also stabbed himself … causing injuries to one of his legs,” Railsback said.
The reason for the argument was not disclosed.
Porter called 911 after his mother collapsed, telling a dispatcher that he had attacked her and injured himself in the process, according to Railsback. He said patrol officers arrived within a couple of minutes and took the defendant into custody without a struggle.
Officers attempted CPR on Coleman, and Riverside Fire Department paramedics also tried to keep her alive until reaching Riverside Community Hospital, but she was pronounced dead on arrival.
Railsback said Porter was treated for his leg injury and cleared for booking into the downtown jail.
The defendant has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.
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