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Pair accused of killing Hemet senior to stand trial


Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
Issue 14, Volume 18.
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MURRIETA - Two men accused of gunning down a 77-year-old retiree during a robbery at his Hemet home and committing additional robberies during which they allegedly targeted seniors and the disabled must stand trial on murder and other charges, a judge ruled today.

Tiaki Alfred James Mosley, 19, and Kelvin Leymon Redd Jr., 25, both of San Jacinto, were arrested Nov. 19 in connection with the fatal shooting of Victor Prinque.

Following a preliminary hearing at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Angel Bermudez found there was sufficient evidence to bound the pair over for trial on the murder charge, as well as three counts of robbery, one count each of burglary and grand theft and special circumstance allegations of killing in the course of a robbery.

Bermudez also affirmed a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait against Redd, but dismissed the same allegation against Mosley. The defendants could face the death penalty if they're convicted and the District Attorney's Office seeks to pursue capital punishment.

Both men remain in custody without bail at the Southwest Detention Center.

According to Hemet police Chief David Brown, the defendants were identified following an investigation conducted with the assistance of sheriff's deputies.

Investigators allege that on the night of Nov. 16, Mosley and Redd parked outside the Stater Bros. supermarket on Florida Avenue in Hemet and observed Prinque and his wife leave the store, then followed the couple back to their single-story house in the 2800 block of West Fruitvale Avenue.

As Prinque unloaded groceries in his garage, the defendants allegedly confronted the victim and demanded money from him at gunpoint. The 77-year-old was shot to death. His wife was not harmed.

According to Brown, the men fled immediately afterward without being spotted, but detectives were able to obtain a description of their vehicle and shared that information with surrounding law enforcement agencies.

The police chief said a sheriff's sergeant located the getaway car, leading to the driver and its occupants being questioned. Search warrants were obtained and served at several locations, culminating in Mosley and Redd being arrested, Brown said.

Investigators believe the men were involved in two similar robberies in the San Jacinto area in the weeks prior to the fatal shooting.

According to court records, Redd has a misdemeanor conviction for petty theft in 2007. There was no record of adult convictions for Mosley.


MURRIETA - A preliminary hearing is scheduled today for two men accused of gunning down a 77-year-old Hemet man during a robbery at his home and committing additional robberies during which they allegedly targeted seniors and the disabled.

Tiaki Alfred James Mosley, 19, and Kelvin Leymon Redd Jr., 25, both of San Jacinto, were arrested last Nov. 19 in connection with the fatal shooting of Victor Prinque. Along with first-degree murder, the defendants are each charged with special circumstance allegations of killing in the commission of a robbery and lying in wait, as well as three counts of robbery with sentence-enhancing allegations of targeting persons 65 years or older and using a firearm during a felony.

Today's hearing before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Angel Bermudez will determine whether there's sufficient evidence to warrant a trial for the pair.

Both men remain held without bail at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta. According to Hemet police Chief David Brown, the defendants were identified following an investigation conducted with the assistance of sheriff's deputies.

Investigators allege that on the night of Nov. 16, Mosley and Redd parked outside the Stater Bros. supermarket on Florida Avenue in Hemet and observed Prinque and his wife leave the store, then followed the couple back to their house in the 2800 block of West Fruitvale Avenue.

As Prinque unloaded groceries in his garage, the defendants allegedly confronted the victim and demanded money from him at gunpoint, detectives said. The 77-year-old was shot to death. His wife was not harmed.

According to Brown, the men fled immediately afterward without being spotted, but detectives were able to obtain a description of their vehicle and shared that information with surrounding law enforcement agencies.

The police chief said a sheriff's sergeant located the getaway car, leading to the driver and its occupants being questioned. Search warrants were obtained and served at several locations, culminating in Mosley and Redd being arrested, Brown said.

Investigators believe the men were involved in two similar robberies in the San Jacinto area in the weeks prior to the fatal shooting.

According to court records, Redd has a misdemeanor conviction for petty theft in 2007. There was no record of adult convictions for Mosley.


MURRIETA - A preliminary hearing is scheduled Friday for two men accused of gunning down a 77-year-old Hemet resident during a robbery at his home within weeks of committing additional robberies during which they targeted seniors and the disabled.

Tiaki Alfred James Mosley, 19, and Kelvin Leymon Redd Jr., 25, both of San Jacinto, were arrested last Nov. 19 in connection with the shooting death of Victor Prinque.

Along with first-degree murder, the defendants are each charged with special circumstance allegations of killing in the commission of a robbery and lying in wait, as well as three counts of robbery with sentence-enhancing allegations of targeting persons 65 years or older and using a firearm during a felony.

Friday's hearing before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Angel Bermudez will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to warrant a trial for the pair, who are being held without bail at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.

According to Hemet police Chief David Brown, the defendants were identified following an investigation conducted with the assistance of sheriff's deputies.

Investigators allege that on the night of Nov. 16, Mosley and Redd parked outside the Stater Bros. supermarket on Florida Avenue in Hemet and observed Prinque and his wife leave the store, then followed the couple back to their house in the 2800 block of West Fruitvale Avenue.

As Prinque unloaded groceries in his garage, the defendants allegedly confronted the victim and demanded money from him at gunpoint, then shot him. His wife was not harmed.

According to Brown, the men fled immediately afterward without being spotted, but detectives were able to obtain a description of their vehicle and shared that information with surrounding law enforcement agencies.

The police chief said a sheriff's sergeant located the getaway car, leading to questioning of the driver and its occupants. Search warrants were obtained and served at several locations, culminating in the arrest of the defendants, Brown said. Investigators believe the men were involved in two similar robberies in the San Jacinto area in the weeks prior to the fatal shooting.

According to court records, Redd has a misdemeanor conviction for petty theft in 2007. There was no record of adult convictions for Mosley.


 

3 comments

Comment Profile Imagetj
Comment #1 | Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 at 5:58 am
thank you valleynews for keeping us in hemet updated. local news is hard to come by here.
Comment Profile ImageWilby
Comment #2 | Saturday, Apr 5, 2014 at 9:04 am
Evil people is all that can be said. There is no hope for our society if these people do not pay the ultimate price. These two criminals should be put to death sooner then later.
Comment Profile ImageDavid
Comment #3 | Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 12:31 am
I don't agree with capital punishment, even for crimes as heinous as these, not because I think its better that a guilty man goes free than an innocent one die at the hands of the state, but rather because I think its better that a guilty man goes to prison for life than an innocent one die at the hands of the state. There is no question here, as far as I can see, of a guilty man going free; whoever is convicted of committing this crime is going to spend his life behind bars.

But whenever the law allows capital punishment, the likelihood arises that at some point an innocent person will be mistakenly convicted and executed for a crime he or she did not commit. That does not satisfy any reasonable demand of justice; it only satisfies a primitive lust to see one person's blood shed in return for that of another. Satisfaction of blood-lust is not worth risking the execution of a single innocent defendant.

I think one who murders the elderly should be thrown into prison and spend a lifetime within its walls. Perhaps in a perfect world an all-knowing God would strike such criminals dead. But the world is not perfect, there are no all-knowing juries, and a jury conviction cannot guarantee a defendant's guilt.

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