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Ex-deputy, second suspect accused in love-triangle slaying scheduled to be in court today

By in Press Enterprise on January 3, 2018

By City News Service

A former Riverside County sheriff’s deputy who authorities say was involved in a love triangle with the girlfriend of a man he killed in a 2014 shooting was set to appear in court Wednesday on a murder charge.

Former sheriff’s Deputy Oscar Rodriguez, 36, was arrested last month following his indictment in the Jan. 27, 2014, shooting death of Luis Carlos Morin Jr., 39, outside the Coachella home of the victim’s mother.

Prosecutors initially cleared Rodriguez of any wrongdoing, with the deputy claiming the shooting occurred as he attempted to arrest Morin. But a lawsuit filed against the county by Morin’s family led to the discovery that the deputy was having an affair with Diana Perez, the mother of Morin’s children, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

“Based on additional information, we realized this was not an officer-involved shooting review, it was a murder investigation,” reads a District Attorney’s Office statement.

The same grand jury that indicted Rodriguez also indicted Perez, 39, on a charge of being an accessory to murder. She was arrested in Indio on Dec. 21, but was released on $10,000 bail. Perez is slated to be arraigned along with Rodriguez Wednesday morning.

Rodriguez was initially slated for arraignment late last month but the hearing was postponed. County jail records indicate he has since posted $1 million bail and has been out of custody since Dec. 29.

Rodriguez told investigators after the shooting that he had gone to the location to arrest Morin in connection with two outstanding felony warrants. He then claimed self-defense in the shooting that took place outside Morin’s mother’s home on Camino Real, prosecutors said.

Morin’s family alleged, however, that Rodriguez hid in bushes, attacked Morin from behind and shot him. Morin was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics 20 minutes later. The county last year     

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