A 19-year-old man accused of gunning down the proprietor of a Cathedral Metropolis comfort retailer throughout a theft pleaded not responsible at the moment to homicide and different expenses.
Charles Lamar Campbell of Beaumont and his alleged confederate, 19-year- outdated Joel Ortiz-Hidalgo of Desert Sizzling Springs, have been arrested March 1 in reference to the Feb. 21 killing of 61-year-old Cathedral Metropolis resident Chris Sgouromitis.
Campbell was arraigned on the Banning Justice Middle earlier than Riverside County Superior Court docket Decide Alfonso Fernandez, who scheduled a felony settlement convention for March 15 on the Larson Justice Middle in Indio.
Ortiz-Hidalgo, who allegedly acted because the getaway driver, pleaded not responsible final week.
Each males, who stay in custody with out bail on the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, are charged with one rely every of homicide and tried theft, with a particular circumstance allegation of killing within the fee of a theft.
Police have been despatched to the Outpost Market at 68171 Ramon Highway about 9:15 p.m. Feb. 21 on an armed theft report.
Patrol officers arrived to seek out the sufferer affected by gunshot wounds. Regardless of first responders’ makes an attempt to save lots of him, Sgouromitis was pronounced lifeless on the scene.
Sgouromitis was fashionable in the neighborhood, and police mentioned assist from residents was vital in monitoring down the 2 suspects.
The day after the taking pictures, neighborhood members cycled out and in of the shop paying their respects to the enterprise proprietor and visiting a makeshift memorial close by.
In keeping with police, he was a “father of 4 with robust area people ties, who was not concerned in felony exercise and died in his longtime place of work.”
Neither defendant has any documented felony convictions in Riverside County.