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Felon pleads not guilty in death of Hemet man on scooter


Last updated 9/6/2018 at 5:14pm

BANNING - An ex-con accused of hitting and killing a 64-year-old Hemet man on a mobility scooter, then fleeing the scene, pleaded not guilty today to second-degree murder and other offenses.

Eugene McArthur Pamilton, 26, of Hemet was arrested in July after allegedly killing Ray Billings Jr.

Along with murder, Pamilton is charged with DUI gross vehicular manslaughter, hit-and-run resulting in death, driving on a revoked license and a sentence-enhancing allegation of fleeing the scene of a crime.

He was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Mark Johnson, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Oct. 12 at the Banning Justice Center.

The defendant is being held without bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.

Billings was hit about 10 p.m. on July 23 in the 1200 block of Florida Avenue, near San Jacinto Street, as he headed to a convenience store on his scooter after leaving his mobile home, according to authorities.

Hemet Police Lt. Glen Brock said Pamilton was going eastbound on Florida when he slammed into Billings, causing his scooter to cartwheel into the curb, ejecting the victim onto the pavement.

Pamilton raced away immediately afterward, Brock said. Paramedics pronounced Billings dead at the scene.

"The police department began to receive calls from several motorists, who advised they were following the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run and provided our dispatch with a location,'' the lieutenant said.

He said patrol officers were directed to the 2200 block of Devonshire Avenue, roughly a mile away from the collision, where they found the defendant's vehicle abandoned. Within a few minutes, he was located and taken into custody without a struggle, according to Brock.

According to court records, Pamilton has prior convictions for burglary and auto theft.


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