Pretrial motions began Monday ahead of jury selection for the trial of the man accused of fatally shooting a 29-year-old acquaintance in Meadowbrook.
Stephen John Lindo, 30, of Meadowbrook allegedly killed Michael Louis Hinden of Riverside in October 2020.
Lindo is charged with first-degree murder, witness intimidation, a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait and sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations for the alleged attack.
The case was assigned to the courtroom of Riverside County Superior Court Judge Timothy Hollenhorst, who began ruling on evidentiary motions, scheduling and proposed witness lists Monday afternoon at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
Jury selection is expected to begin by the end of the week. The trial will likely conclude in mid-October.
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, Lindo confronted Hinden with a handgun in the 22000 block of John Street, near the Palm View RV Park & Campground.
There had been a prior dispute between the two men, but investigators did not specify the nature of it.
Espinoza alleged that Lindo opened fire, fatally wounding the victim.
Witnesses called 911, and patrol deputies reached the location a short time later and found Hinden dead, Espinoza said.
Lindo was taken into custody without incident at the scene.
He has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.