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3 accused of double-killing on Ramona Expressway plead not guilty

By in Press Enterprise on February 3, 2018

By City News Service

Three suspects in the shooting deaths of a San Jacinto woman and her male friend along Ramona Expressway pleaded not guilty Friday to double murder charges; a fourth defendant is set to be arraigned later this month.

Martel Patrick McBride and Kenneth Hahn Wilson, both 18, along with Ariel Irene Savoie, 19, were arrested Jan. 10 at their respective Hemet residences.

Arraignment for 19-year-old Alexis Mary Garcia, of Hemet, is set for Feb. 23.

They’re accused of killing 19-year-old Lauren Lopez and 22-year-old Patrick Powell, of Hemet, about noon Jan. 3.

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According to sheriff’s Sgt. Walter Mendez, Lopez and Powell were on the Ramona Expressway, approaching Warren Road, when Powell’s hatchback was struck by gunfire.

The car came to a stop on the shoulder, prompting passers-by to call 911. Deputies and paramedics arrived moments later, but the victims died at Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley less than an hour later.

Sheriff’s officials did not disclose a possible motive or how the four defendants were implicated.

All four defendants are charged with two counts of murder. Wilson is additionally charged with a special circumstance allegation of taking multiple lives, as well as gun and great bodily injury allegations.

McBride, Wilson and Savoie were arraigned Friday before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Mark Johnson, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for March 9 at the Banning Justice Center.

McBride is being held without bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta, while Wilson is being held in lieu of $3 million bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside. Garcia is being held without bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, and Savoie is being held in lieu of $2 million bail at the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center.

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