A reputed gang member accused of gunning down a San Jacinto man in a street confrontation is slated to be arraigned today in Murrieta.
Ade Jessie Warren, 19, could face life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted for the shooting death of 29-year-old Fernando Villarino on Sept. 8, 2011.
At today’s hearing, Warren will be asked to enter pleas to charges of first-degree murder, street gang activity, a special circumstance allegation of killing to further the interests of a criminal street gang, as well as gun and great bodily injury allegations.
He’s being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.
The defendant was arrested last month in Rancho Cucamonga following an investigation by Riverside County sheriff’s detectives. How he was connected to the shooting has not been disclosed.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Lujan, Villarino was walking in the 400 block of Santa Rosa Street in San Jacinto when he was confronted by three to five suspected gang members around 8:30 on the night of the attack. An argument erupted, and gunfire broke out moments later, Lujan said, adding that Villarino was shot multiple times and died at the scene.
The assailants fled before deputies arrived. Warren is the only man to be charged in connection with the slaying.