A man accused with a convicted felon of killing a 24-year-old Mead Valley resident at the wheel of his car made his initial court appearance Thursday.
Allan Nayib Melhem-Ramirez, 40, of Jurupa Valley was arrested earlier this week for the alleged attack on Jose Emmanuel Zamora.
Melhem-Ramirez is charged with murder, as well as sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.
He appeared before Riverside County Superior Court Judge O.G. Magno, who appointed him an attorney and scheduled his arraignment for Sept. 8 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
Magno ordered the defendant held on $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.
Melhem-Ramirez’s co-defendant, 51-year-old Cesar Verduzco Rojas of Mead Valley, is charged with murder and is also slated to be arraigned on Sept. 8. He’s being held on $1 million bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Ben Ramirez, about 4 p.m. Friday, Zamora was sitting in his vehicle in the 22800 block of Rios Avenue, near Seaton Avenue, when he was shot in the upper body.
Witnesses called 911, and patrol deputies and paramedics arrived within a few minutes, finding the victim dead in the driver’s seat.
A possible motive was not disclosed.
Central Homicide Unit detectives gathered evidence at the scene and elsewhere that quickly pointed to Rojas as one of the alleged assailants, according to Ramirez.
The defendant was taken into custody without incident Saturday afternoon at Cajalco and Tyler roads.
Melhem-Ramirez was identified as the alleged shooter following Rojas’ arrest, and was taken into custody uneventfully at 42nd Street and Riverview Drive in Jurupa Valley on Monday night, officials said.
According to court records, Melhem-Ramirez has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County, while Rojas has multiple felony drug-related convictions.
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