A probationer accused of gunning down a 24-year-old Riverside man during an argument made his initial court appearance Thursday.
David Norman Gurley, 54, of Moreno Valley was arrested Friday following a two-week investigation into the slaying of Sidney Thompson.
Gurley is charged with murder and sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations. He appeared before Riverside County Superior Court Judge O.G. Magno, who appointed him a public defender and scheduled his arraignment for July 9 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
The defendant is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.
According to Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback, Gurley and Thompson had been at odds for some time prior to the alleged attack. The defendant worked in the area of Box Springs Road and Quail Valley Court, and he would frequently encounter Thompson there, Railsback said.
He said that about 6:20 a.m. on June 2, the two men were involved in an unspecified confrontation at the location, and Gurley allegedly pulled a handgun and shot the victim.
Passers-by found Thompson lying next to a car and called 911. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics a short time later.
Railsback said detectives developed leads that ultimately pointed to Gurley as the alleged perpetrator, and the convicted felon was taken into custody without incident in the area of Golden Avenue and 45th Street in Jurupa Valley.
According to court records, he has multiple drug-related convictions.
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