February 29, 2024
A Hemet Police cruiser. Courtesy Hemet Police

A Feb. 22 trial date was confirmed Monday for a convicted felon accused of gunning down a 20-year-old man and wounding his feminine companion throughout a confrontation close to downtown Hemet.

Roman Ralph Mendez, 22, of Castro Valley was arrested in 2022 following a Hemet Police Division investigation into the slaying of Jason Roy of Hemet.

Mendez is charged with homicide, tried homicide, being a felon in possession of a firearm and sentence-enhancing gun and nice bodily damage allegations.

Throughout a standing listening to on the Banning Justice Heart Monday, Riverside County Superior Courtroom Decide Joshlyn Pulliam conferred with the prosecution and protection concerning scheduling, and each side agreed to clear their calendars for trial proceedings towards the top of subsequent month.

Pulliam then assigned pretrial motions to the courtroom of Superior Courtroom Decide Jorge Hernandez.

Mendez is being held in lieu of $2 million bail on the Byrd Detention Heart in Murrieta.

In keeping with Hemet police Lt. Michael Mouat, simply after 3 a.m. on Oct. 27, 2022, Mendez was concerned in an unspecified confrontation with Roy within the 200 block of South Columbia Avenue, close to Florida Avenue.

Mouat alleged that Mendez pulled a handgun and shot each Roy and the girl with him, then fled the situation. A motive was not disclosed.

Witnesses referred to as 911, and patrol officers and paramedics arrived minutes later, at which level Roy was pronounced lifeless on the scene. The girl, whose id was not launched, suffered a single gunshot wound and underwent surgical procedure. She has since recovered.

Detectives recognized Mendez because the alleged shooter quickly afterward and requested help from the county Gang Affect Crew, composed of legislation enforcement officers from all through the area, to trace down the defendant, in keeping with Mouat.

He stated the workforce positioned Mendez per week later in Castro Valley, the place he was taken into custody with out incident.

The defendant has prior felony convictions in one other jurisdiction that weren’t laid out in courtroom data.