A murder charge is expected to be filed Wednesday against a 28-year-old man accused in a fatal shooting over the weekend in Cathedral City.
Jose Ernesto Martinez of Desert Hot Springs was arrested Saturday and booked into the John Benoit Detention Center in Indio on suspicion of murder, with bail set at $1 million.
Martinez allegedly gunned down 27-year-old Isaac Valles of Rancho Mirage earlier that morning stemming from a domestic dispute incident, according to the Cathedral City Police Department.
Officers sent to the 31800 block of Neuma Drive about 2:40 a.m. on a shooting call found the victim lying in the roadway, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, police said.
Despite first responders’ attempts to revive him, Valles was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detectives collected “ample witness statements and crime scene evidence” that pointed to Martinez as the suspect, who was arrested in Desert Hot Springs about two hours after police arrived on scene, jail records show.
Martinez’s criminal record, if any, was not immediately clear.
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