A convicted felon accused of abducting and gunning down a man on a rural property south of Hemet pleaded not guilty Monday to murder and other charges.
Derrick Anthony Edgerson, 45, of Hemet was arrested last month after the alleged attack on the victim, identified in court documents only as “G.P.,” in the 40500 block of Newport Road, near Girard Street, about a mile east of Diamond Valley Lake.
Along with murder, Edgerson is charged kidnapping, firearm assault, being a convicted felon in possession of a gun and sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.
The defendant was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Judith Clark, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for May 17 at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.
The judge left Edgerson’s bail at $1 million. He’s being held at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Carroll alleged the victim was taken to the remote Newport Road residence and shot by the defendant on March 18.
A possible motive and other details were not disclosed.
Carroll said deputies were called to the location and found the body, after which homicide detectives were alerted.
The investigation quickly pointed to Edgerson as the alleged perpetrator, and he was taken into custody without incident in the area where the shooting occurred, according to the sergeant.
Court records show the defendant has prior felony convictions for grand theft and domestic violence.
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