A 29-year-old man suspected of shooting and killing a man in Hemet pleaded not guilty Monday to murder charges.

Kelvin Clyde Smith of Hemet was arrested Tuesday for allegedly fatally shooting 35-year-old Gabriel Lozano, also from Hemet.

The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office charged Smith with one felony count each of murder and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He also was charged with sentence-enhancing allegations of using the firearm in commitment of the murder.

Smith appeared at the Southwest Justice Center Monday where he pleaded not guilty to the charges and was scheduled for a felony settlement conference on Nov. 29.

He is currently being held at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on $1 million bail.

Deputies received a report on Nov. 9 at 5:58 a.m. of an assault with a deadly weapon in the 26400 block of Columbia Street, according to Sgt. Ben Ramirez of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies arrived to find Lozano suffering from a gunshot wound outside the residence. Lozano was taken to a hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery but died from his wounds.

Smith was later identified as the suspect by authorities, who arrested him at around 6 p.m. in the 1200 block of North State Street, according to Ramirez.

Riverside County court records show Smith was convicted on felony charges related to identity theft in 2019.

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