Murder charges filed in slaying of 24-year-old Moreno Valley woman
A man accused of fatally beating and stabbing a 24-year-old Moreno Valley woman was charged Wednesday, Feb. 14, with murder and a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.
Krystoffer Devion Hicks, 26, is charged in the slaying of Latah Wilson on Friday in the 23200 block of Hemlock Avenue, near Pigeon Pass Road.
Hicks, who is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center, is slated to make his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
According to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Ben Ramirez, the victim was attacked about 2 a.m. Friday in the area of a strip mall just north of the 60 Freeway. Ramirez said deputies were called to the location to investigate reports of an assault and found Wilson suffering from “serious injuries,” about which he didn’t elaborate.
Though authorities initially said Wilson died at the hospital, the Riverside County Coroner’s Office said in a news release that she died at 2:45 a.m. at the scene.
Witnesses gave deputies a description of the defendant and the vehicle that he was driving. Deputies spotted the car minutes later on Pheasant Knoll Way and detained Hicks, who was booked into jail after being interviewed by detectives, Ramirez said.
Authorities have not speculated on a possible motive or said whether the suspect knew the victim.
Hicks has no prior documented felony convictions in Riverside County.