With the defense seeking a delay, trial was postponed Monday for a man accused of fatally shooting a 29-year-old acquaintance during a premeditated attack in Meadowbrook.

Stephen John Lindo, 30, of Meadowbrook, is charged with first-degree murder, witness intimidation and sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations for the 2020 slaying of Michael Louis Hinden of Riverside.

During a hearing before Riverside County Superior Court Judge John Molloy, Lindo’s attorney requested and received a four-week postponement in trial proceedings because of scheduling conflicts. The judge tentatively reset the defendant’s trial for June 16 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

Lindo is being held without bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Espinoza, about noon on Oct. 5, 2020, the defendant confronted Hinden with a handgun in the 22000 block of John Street, near the Palm View RV Park & Campground.

Lindo and Hinden were involved in a prior dispute, but the circumstances were unclear.

The defendant allegedly opened fire during the confrontation, fatally wounding the victim, Espinoza said.

Witnesses called 911, and patrol deputies reached the location a short time later, discovering Hinden dead.

Lindo was taken into custody without incident at the scene.

He has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.

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