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Banning men plead not guilty in fatal San Jacinto shooting

By in Press Enterprise on June 12, 2017

By City News Service

Two Banning men pleaded not guilty Monday, June 12, to fatally shooting a woman in San Jacinto.

Traevon Denae Stewart, 40, and Michael Wayne Bird, 63, both of Banning, are accused in the April 29 slaying of 40-year-old Latoya Calhoun.

Stewart is charged with murder, two counts of making criminal threats, one count of evading arrest and a special-circumstance allegation of killing in the course of a robbery. Bird is charged with being an accessory to murder.

Stewart is being held without bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning; Bird is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the same facility.

According to a news release from Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Himmelberg, Calhoun was shot multiple times and dumped from a moving vehicle in the 2600 block of Esplanade Avenue in San Jacinto shortly before 6 a.m. April 29. Calhoun died at the scene.

Detectives developed leads pointing to Stewart as the alleged shooter, and he was arrested May 1 in Banning. Bird was taken into custody the following day.

Authorities have not disclosed whether Calhoun knew either man or the potential motive for the shooting.

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