A probationer accused of gunning down a 31-year-old man during a confrontation outside a San Jacinto home pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder and other charges.
Juan Alonso Perez, 28, allegedly killed Gabriel Sanchez of San Jacinto last November.
Along with the murder count, Perez is charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.
He was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Timothy Hollenhorst, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Nov. 19 at the Banning Justice Center.
Perez is being held on $1 million bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta. He was in custody at the Murrieta jail in connection with an unrelated auto theft and felony evading case when sheriff’s detectives formally arrested him last month for the alleged killing.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Ben Ramirez, Perez and Sanchez were involved in an unspecified dispute in front of a residence in the 21100 block of State Street on the morning of Nov. 6.
The sergeant alleged that during the encounter, Perez pulled a handgun and shot the victim, then fled. Witnesses called 911, but Sanchez was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detectives spent the ensuing 10 months working to develop leads, which ultimately pointed to Perez as the alleged killer, according to the sergeant.
Details regarding the separate case for which Perez was jailed earlier this year were not available.
Court records show he has prior convictions for eluding a peace officer, bringing contraband into a correctional facility, being in possession of controlled substances and parole violations.
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