SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A gang member accused of fatally shooting a decorated Navy pilot and wounding his cousin in an unprovoked attack outside a comedy club at Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego must stand trial on murder and other charges, a judge ruled Tuesday.
According to evidence presented at a two-day preliminary hearing, Arrow Morris was outside the club arguing with his girlfriend at about 11:45 p.m. on June 10 when the 40-year-old defendant allegedly pulled out a gun and shot James Celani twice in the head and once in the chest.
The 43-year-old victim died at a hospital. His cousin was shot in the leg.
A woman who was in Morris' group inside the club testified that security personnel visited their table two or three times because the defendant's brother kept making disparaging comments about a gay comedian on stage.
The witness -- identified only as Jazmyn -- said Morris, his girlfriend, Ashley, and his brother walked out of the club after Morris accused Ashley of having romantic feelings toward Jazmyn.
She said she went outside and saw Morris rip his girlfriend's purse from her hands and push her to the ground.
As she ran toward the couple, Jazmyn said she saw Morris pull out a gun. After turning to run away, she said she heard four to five shots ring out.
In other testimony, Morris' girlfriend said he took off with her car after the shooting and left her and Jazmyn stranded.
Once she got home, she said she lied to police about what she had seen until finally telling them she witnessed Morris shoot the victims.
She testified that Morris had a gun in her car but told her that he wasn't bringing it into the club, and said she didn't confront him about the shooting because she feared for her safety.
Morris was arrested two days after the shooting.
Superior Court Judge Margo Lewis Hoy ruled that enough evidence was presented to order Morris to stand trial on charges of murder, attempted murder, being a felon in possession of a firearm and trying to dissuade a witness from testifying.
He faces 79 years to life in prison plus an additional eight years and four months behind bars if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Amy Maund. She said Morris has a 2011 conviction for assault with a deadly weapon in a road rage attack in which he struck a motorist with a hammer.
Morris will be back in court Dec. 11 for arraignment.
A two vehicle crash left one person critically injured Friday in Emerald Hills, according to authorities.
Some of the smartest high school students in San Diego County will be in Atlanta this weekend competing in the National Quiz Bowl Championship.
Californians Aware, a statewide group that advocates for government transparency, Friday expressed concern over a soon-to-take- effect San Diego Unified School District policy to delete most emails after one year.
Millions of Southern Californians will be taking to the roads and airways Friday as the Memorial Day travel crunch goes into high gear, and the large crowds will likely test the patience of motorists and airline passengers.
Several good Samaritans, including a grandmother, disregarded their own safety today when they helped subdue and disarm a knife- waving man who attacked the driver of a bus full of schoolchildren in a rural neighborhood in southeastern San Diego County.
An animal known as the San Quintin Kangaroo rat and native to Baja California is back from the brink of extinction.
As Memorial Day weekend approaches, San Diego Blood Bank CEO David Wellis today encouraged those who haven't recently donated blood to consider scheduling an appointment.
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is famous for its expansive habitats featuring African and Asian species. The all-new Walkabout Australia gives park guests a view into a new region of the world with interesting and unique species.
Dr. Jen Welter, the first female coach in the NFL, wants to help girls play big, dream bigger, and have a game plan to turn dreams into reality at her upcoming GRRRIDIRON GIRLS Flag Football Camp!