A probationer accused of gunning down a man during a confrontation on a San Jacinto street was charged Friday with murder and other offenses.
Diego Ernesto Brane, 24, of San Jacinto was arrested Wednesday for the 2019 slaying of Christopher Gutierrez, also of San Jacinto.
Along with the murder count, Brane is charged with sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.
He made his initial court appearance Friday before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Mark Singerton, who appointed him a public defender and scheduled his arraignment for Dec. 16 at the Banning Justice Center.
The defendant is being held on $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Ed Baeza, on the afternoon of Nov. 15, 2019, Brane and Gutierrez were involved in an unspecified confrontation in the 100 block of Jordan Avenue, near First Street, culminating in the defendant allegedly pulling a handgun and shooting the victim.
Baeza alleged that Brane fled before patrol deputies converged on the location.
Gutierrez was found in grave condition from the gunshot wounds and was taken to a regional trauma center, where he died that night.
A possible motive for the attack was not disclosed.
Central Homicide Unit detectives took over the investigation and ultimately gathered sufficient evidence to obtain an arrest warrant for Brane, who was located in custody at the downtown Riverside jail, awaiting disposition of several cases, including one for alleged attempted murder in July. The circumstances behind that case were not disclosed.
Court records show Brane has prior misdemeanor convictions for making criminal threats, harassment by telephone and presenting false identification to a peace officer.