A man accused of fatally shooting a 29-year-old acquaintance in Meadowbrook must stand trial for murder and other charges, a judge ruled Friday.
Stephen John Lindo, 29, of Meadowbrook allegedly killed Michael Louis Hinden of Riverside in October.
Following a preliminary hearing, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Jackson found there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial on the murder count, as well as a special-circumstance allegation of lying in wait and sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.
The judge scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for June 14 at the Riverside Hall of Justice and left Lindo held without bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Espinoza, about noon on Oct. 5, Lindo confronted Hinden with a handgun in the 22000 block of John Street, near the Palm View RV Park & Campground.
There had been a prior dispute between the two men, but investigators did not specify the nature of it.
Lindo allegedly opened fire, fatally wounding the victim, according to Espinoza.
Witnesses called 911, and patrol deputies reached the location a short time later and found Hinden dead, Espinoza said.
Lindo was taken into custody without incident at the scene. He has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.