Jury selection is expected to conclude Tuesday or Wednesday for the trial of an ex-con accused of shooting and wounding a Moreno Valley man during a confrontation on the north end of the city.
Travis Mitchell Hicks, 30, of Perris allegedly perpetrated the attack in the 23500 block of Sunnymead Ranch Parkway, near Old Lake Drive, in February 2018.
Hicks is charged with attempted murder, assault with a semiautomatic firearm, being a convicted felon in possession of a gun, being a felon in possession of ammunition and sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Stephen Gallon summoned several panels of prospective jurors to the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta Thursday for screening as to their qualifications and availability.
It was unclear whether Gallon intended to go ahead with trial testimony after seating the jury or wait until after the holidays.
Hicks is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.
According to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Koehler, shortly after 1 a.m. on Feb. 16, 2018, the defendant made contact with the victim at his house, culminating in a confrontation during which Hicks allegedly shot the man, identified in court documents only as “A.B.” multiple times.
A specific motive was not disclosed.
Koehler alleged that before deputies arrived, Hicks fled the location, heading south to Hemet.
The victim was taken to nearby Riverside University Medical Center, where he underwent surgery and ultimately recovered from his wounds.
Hicks was located about 15 hours later on Tansy Court in Hemet, where he was taken into custody without a struggle.
According to court records, he has prior convictions for assault with a firearm and being a felon armed with a gun.