Suspect in Courtroom - Photo courtesy of Gorodenkoff

A convicted felon accused of killing a 27-year-old Hemet man and dumping his remains near Perris pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder.

Ricardo Pardo, 39, of Perris was arrested earlier this month following a nearly year-long Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigation into the slaying of Joshua Crosier.

Along with murder, Pardo is charged with a sentence-enhancing gun use allegation.

He was arraigned before Superior Court Judge Charles Koosed, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Sept. 7 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

The defendant is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail.

According to Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Brosche, Crosier vanished in late August 2021, culminating in a missing person investigation that turned into a homicide investigation when, in April, detectives received information indicating that the victim had been killed.

Last month, the investigative team procured evidence pointing to Pardo as the alleged assailant, and he was arrested on July 28, Brosche said.

“On Aug. 2, after searching several locations, male remains were located believed to be Crosier’s body,” the sergeant said. “The remains were located in the (unincorporated) county area of Perris.”

A possible motive was not disclosed, nor were any other details regarding the circumstances behind the deadly attack.

According to court records, Pardo has prior convictions for receiving stolen property, illegal possession of a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Anyone with information relevant to the investigation was asked to contact the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777.

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