An example of a handgun being aimed. Photo from Pixabay.
An example of a handgun being aimed. Photo from Pixabay.

Trial proceedings may get underway 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.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge John Molloy scheduled a pretrial conference at the Riverside Hall of Justice, where the prosecution and defense are expected to confer regarding a possible timetable for proceedings.

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

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Espinoza, at 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 and found 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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