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Man accused of fatal attack in Hemet arraigned


Last updated 3/27/2019 at 2:26pm

BANNING - A man accused of fatally stabbing a 23-year-old Hemet resident pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, March 27 to a murder charge.

Mark Anthony Acevedo, 22, is charged with the March 1 slaying of Wilber Garcia at a residence in the 200 block of Western Avenue, near Latham Avenue.

He was arraigned on the murder count, with a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a knife in the commission of a felony, by Riverside County Superior Court Judge Mark Johnson, who scheduled a May 9 felony settlement conference at the Banning Justice Center.

The circumstances of the attack, including a possible motive, were not released by Hemet police.

Paramedics were sent to the Western Avenue location in response to reports of a man down about 9 p.m. and found Garcia in grave condition from a stab wound, according to Lt. Jeff Davis. The assailant had fled, the lieutenant said.

The victim was taken to a trauma center, where he died less than an hour later.

Within 24 hours, detectives identified Acevedo as the alleged perpetrator, and he was taken into custody without incident at a property on Sunburst Drive in Beaumo, Davis said.

Acevedo, who has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County, is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.


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