SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A preliminary hearing is scheduled Thursday for a trainer who allegedly opened fire at a Vista boxing club after being barred from the gym, killing a fellow trainer and wounding two others.
Mark Anthony Diaz, 50, is charged with murder in the April 7 death of 52-year-old Hector Gil and also faces charges of attempted murder, assault with a firearm and making a criminal threat.
Deputy District Attorney Patrick Espinoza said a temporary restraining order was filed in February, seeking to keep the defendant away from Pacific Coast Boxing. Diaz had recently been fired from the club, said gym owner Ari Soltani.
Espinoza said a 21-year-old boxer, Ricardo Gutierrez, ended his contract with Diaz, who responded by filing a breach of contract lawsuit.
Gutierrez subsequently entered into a contract with trainer Hector Gil, the prosecutor said.
On April 2, Gil got a threatening phone call from Diaz saying he was going to "bust a cap," Espinoza alleged.
Five days later, about eight to 10 people were at the club around 9 p.m. when witnesses saw a hand holding a gun through a door opening, Espinoza said.
The 52-year-old Gil, who was shot from across the gym, was killed. The prosecutor said the bullet went through Gil and hit trainer Peter Moreno, who survived, as did Gutierrez, who was shot in the leg.
Detectives recovered six shell casings at the scene and served a search warrant at a home in Carlsbad 15 hours later, seizing clothing and Diaz's vehicle, Espinoza said.
Diaz faces more than 75 years to life in prison if convicted, according to the prosecutor.
Following the preliminary hearing, a judge will decide if enough evidence was presented for Diaz to stand trial.
A fire that charred a garage, a fence and a little more than five acres of brush in Escondido was sparked by someone using a hand grinder on a vehicle near dry grass, authorities said.
Dense fog blanketed San Diego County Monday during the early morning hours. The sun was expected to break through between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
Highway 94 between Jamul and Dulzura was opened Sunday as firefighters continued for a second day to battle a fast-moving, 1,500 acre brush fire in the East County back country.
A dolphin headed toward the shore in La Jolla this week received some help from a few bystanders – and a paddleboarder captured footage.
Three motorists were arrested for drunken driving and one was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia at a checkpoint in Chula Vista that ended Sunday, according to police.
City leaders were feeling the burn Saturday near Lindbergh Field. They suited up to take part in firefighter training drills.
Girl Scouts celebrated 100 years in San Diego Saturday, with a unique bridging ceremony held on the Cabrillo Bridge in Balboa Park.
A combative suspect who got into an altercation with sheriff's deputies Saturday morning and was tazed twice became unresponsive while being treated by paramedics at the scene and later died at a hospital, according to detectives.
A San Diego man pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing nearly $272,000 in Social Security benefits intended for his father, who died in 1997.