A third person was identified Wednesday as an alleged perpetrator in the 2019 fatal shooting of a 64-year-old man who interrupted a break-in at his Anza home, where he was cultivating marijuana for sale.
James Max Robinson, 40, of San Bernardino allegedly joined 46-year-old Jodi Lynn Miller of Rancho Cucamonga and 40-year-old Jesse Robert Thurbush of Victorville in the 2019 slaying of James Cidney Brown.
Robinson was arrested Tuesday and booked on suspicion of murder at the San Bernardino Central Detention Center, where he’s being held for an unrelated felony offense in San Bernardino County, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Thurbush is also behind bars there, being held without bail. Miller is being held without bail, as well, at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
She and Thurbush are both charged with first-degree murder, burglary, a special circumstance allegation of killing in the course of a burglary and sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.
Robinson’s case is being reviewed by prosecutors.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Wally Clear, the threesome, and possibly others who have yet to be identified, allegedly forced their way into Brown’s home in the 39000 block of El Toro Road on the night of Nov. 3, 2019. When the victim confronted them, the defendants allegedly opened fire with handguns, killing him on the spot.
Clear alleged that Brown was using his property to illegally cultivate marijuana, and the defendants evidently intended to steal raw and processed product. It is unclear how much they allegedly stole.
The victim’s body were discovered hours later.
After Central Homicide Unit detectives searched the grounds, the illegal grow was razed, and all remaining cannabis was seized and destroyed, according to Clear.
The investigation spanned almost 18 months before Miller and Thurbush were identified as alleged perpetrators and arrested earlier this month.
According to court records, she has a prior felony conviction in another jurisdiction, but it was not specified. Court records show Thurbush has a prior conviction for burglary. However, no information was available regarding Robinson’s background.