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Jury seated for trial of man accused of threatening deputies with knife


Last updated 10/25/2018 at 10:28am

MURRIETA - A jury was seated on Wednesday, Oct. 24 for the trial of a 62-year-old Lake Elsinore man accused of pulling a knife on sheriff's deputies when they attempted to take him into custody for ignoring a restraining order.

Richard Allen Belville was arrested in June and charged with assault on a peace officer, resisting arrest and violating a domestic violence restraining order.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge John Davis summoned 69 prospective jurors to the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta for screening as to their availability and fitness to hear evidence. The prosecution and the defendant, who is representing himself, completed questioning and peremptory challenges in under six hours, after which Davis swore in the panel.

The judge ordered the jury back to the courthouse Thursday morning for opening statements in what's expected to be a three-day trial.

Belville is being held in lieu of $95,000 bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.

According to sheriff's Sgt. Glenn Warrington, deputies went to the defendant's residence in the 300 block of Main Street, near Summer Avenue, on the morning of June 21 to take him into custody after an investigation revealed that, a day earlier, he'd allegedly contacted a person who had sought and received court protection from him.

When deputies went to Belville's front door, he tried to slam it shut, then "reached for a large hunting knife and moved towards the (deputies) in a threatening manner,'' Warrington alleged.

One of the deputies deployed a Taser, causing Belville to fall to the ground and drop the knife, according to the sergeant.

The defendant was arrested without further incident and taken to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar to be medically cleared for booking, then he was taken to jail.

No deputies were injured.

Belville has no documented prior felony or misdemeanor convictions in Riverside County.


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