Pretrial proceedings got underway Tuesday ahead of jury selection for the trial of a 30-year-old Moreno Valley man accused of fatally beating and stabbing his ex-girlfriend.
Krystoffer Devion Hicks is charged with murder and a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony in the 2018 slaying of 24-year-old Latah Wilson.
The case was assigned Tuesday morning to the courtroom of Riverside County Superior Court Judge Mark Johnson at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
The prosecution and defense were expected to spend the rest of the week arguing motions, ironing out scheduling and confirming witnesses who are slated to testify.
The likely duration of the trial was not known.
Hicks is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Ben Ramirez, the victim was attacked about 2 a.m. on Feb. 9, 2018, in the 23200 block of Hemlock Avenue, near Pigeon Pass Road, a short distance from a strip mall just north of the Moreno Valley (60) Freeway.
Ramirez said that deputies were called to the location to investigate reports of an assault and found Wilson suffering from “serious injuries.”
The victim was taken to nearby Riverside University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead about a half-hour later.
Witnesses gave deputies a description of the defendant and the vehicle that he was driving. Deputies spotted the car minutes later on Pheasant Knoll Way and detained Hicks, who was questioned by detectives and ultimately booked into jail and charged with the killing.
A possible motive was not specified at the time.
Hicks has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.