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Preliminary hearing for Oceanside man accused of Christmas day shooting

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A preliminary hearing took place Thursday for an Oceanside man who allegedly threatened to kill his wife and 20-year-old son on separate occasions before gunning down his neighbor on Christmas morning.

Robert Glenn Pulley, 47, is charged with murder and other counts in the Dec. 25 death of Jimmy Misaalefua, an Oceanside Pop Warner Football coach and father of two children, ages 6 and 8.

At Pulley's arraignment in December, Deputy District Attorney Tracy Prior told Judge David Szumowski that the defendant was a danger to the neighborhood, his own family and the community.

In the weeks leading up to the fatal shooting, Pulley allegedly was drunk the night of Nov. 11 and threatened to shoot his wife in their home, prompting a three-hour standoff with police sharpshooters, the prosecutor said.

About 2 a.m. Christmas Day, Pulley, who again was drunk, punched his 20-year-old son in the face, knocking him to the ground, according to Prior. The young man told his father that he really didn't want to hit him back, prompting the defendant to tell his son, "I'm going to kill you. I'm going to stab you. I'm going to shoot you," according to a bail document prepared by the prosecutor.

When the Oceanside Fire Department responded, it took four firefighters to restrain the defendant, Prior said.

Minutes later, Oceanside police responded to a "shots fired" 911 call placed from the same location, the prosecutor said.

Prior said Pulley had gone to Misaalefua's house and started talking to the 44-year-old victim, and the conversation initially appeared to be friendly.

There had been no previous bad blood between the defendant and the victim, the prosecutor said.

At some point, the conversation moved to a nearby cul-de-sac between the defendant and victim's homes, and a witness heard Pulley tell Misaalefua,

"I've got something for you," according to Prior.

She said the defendant walked into his own home as the victim headed in the same direction behind him. Pulley retrieved a loaded .25-caliber from his house, walked back to a driveway outside his garage and fired two shots at the victim, Prior alleged.

One bullet hit Misaalefua in the chest, killing him, the prosecutor said.

In addition to murder, Pulley is charged with two felony counts of making criminal threats and a misdemeanor count of battery. He faces more than 50 years to life in state prison if convicted.

At the end of today's hearing, a judge will determine if enough evidence was presented for Pulley to stand trial.

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