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A convicted felon accused of running over and killing a 71-year-old woman walking on a sidewalk in Murrieta while he was drunk at the wheel dropped a request Monday for a judge to consider reducing his bail.

Rodney Wayne Phillips, 57, of Hemet allegedly fatally struck Gloria Ann Henry of Murrieta as she walked along Clinton Keith Road, just east of Via Mariposa, last month.

Phillips is charged with DUI gross vehicular manslaughter and fleeing the scene of a crime.

His public defender had submitted a motion requesting a bail review hearing before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Elaine Kiefer, but during a status conference at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, the motion was withdrawn without explanation.

The judge scheduled a felony settlement conference for June 14. The defendant remains held on $250,000 bail at the Byrd Detention Center.

According to Murrieta police Lt. Spencer Parker, about 8:10 a.m. on March 23, Henry was walking within the sidewalk space on the north side of Clinton Keith when Phillips approached in a full-size pickup, traveling at an unknown speed, in westbound lanes.

“Through witness statements, investigators learned that the suspect drove onto the sidewalk and struck the victim,” Parker said. “He then fled the scene.”

Henry was taken to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar, where she died less than an hour later.

Patrol officers searched the area and located Phillips’ pickup three blocks away, with him still in it, according to Parker.

He said that the defendant was arrested without incident.

According to court records, Phillips has prior convictions for spousal abuse, receiving stolen property, violating a domestic violence restraining order, possession of controlled substances and domestic assault resulting in a traumatic condition.

He has served time in state prison, records showed.

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