A parolee accused of fatally stabbing a 27-year-old Indio man re-entered a not guilty plea Wednesday and was ordered to return to court on Aug. 20 for a trial-readiness conference.
Vicente Angel Munoz, 29, is charged in the March 14, 2020, killing of Maurice Brock.
Following a preliminary hearing at the Larson Justice Center in Indio earlier this month, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Burke Strunsky found there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial on the murder count, as well as sentence-enhancing allegations of using a knife during the commission of a felony and committing a violent felony.
Munoz remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bail at the Benoit Detention Center in Indio.
The defendant allegedly got into a fight with the victim for reasons unclear outside a Circle K store near Jefferson Street and Highway 111 at about 12:55 a.m. Indio police officers arrived a short time later and found Brock stabbed in the upper body. He died at JFK Memorial Hospital about an hour later.
Detectives did not say how they identified Munoz as a the alleged perpetrator, and the relationship between the defendant and victim, if any, wasn’t specified.
According to court records, Munoz has a prior felony burglary conviction.
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