EL CAJON (CNS) - A man accused of shooting a 33-year-old man to death in the East County pleaded not guilty Thursday to a murder charge and was ordered held on $3 million bail.
Antonio Garcia, 32, was arrested Monday at a relative's National City home in connection with the fatal shooting of Josue Rodriguez.
Garcia allegedly shot Rodriguez in the back of the head in the 5800 block of Amarillo Avenue in La Mesa about 5:30 p.m. Oct. 4.
The motive for the slaying remains unknown, though witnesses reported hearing an argument between two men just before the gunfire rang out, according to La Mesa police.
It also was unclear why the victim was in the neighborhood where he was slain.
He had driven there but was on foot when he was shot, possibly trying to run away from his assailant, police said.
Police declined to disclose what led detectives to identify Garcia, a La Mesa resident, as the alleged killer.
Garcia faces 50 years to life in prison if convicted of murder and the use of a gun.
Judge Charles Ervin scheduled a readiness conference for Oct. 17 and a preliminary hearing for Oct. 24.
According to Scripps Ranch residents, for weeks they've been waking up to deep scrapes and scratches that someone keyed in their vehicles, and on Sunday an arrest was made in connection with the incidents.
One person was killed and several others seriously injured in a head-on crash Sunday in Scripps Ranch.
A 71-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of stabbing her 31-year-old son at least four times with a kitchen knife, when an argument at their San Diego home Sunday escalated into a fight.
The San Diego Gulls will seek their team-record ninth consecutive victory Sunday when they face their rival, the Ontario Reign, at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.
Some public facilities will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day and the Metropolitan Transit System will offer reduced service.
Just the thought of free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer joining the downtrodden, youthful San Diego Padres sent a morning jolt through the spring training clubhouse.
Cold weather, light rain, mountain snow and gusty winds are all in the cards for San Diego County, forecasters said Sunday.