Because he is still not recovered from his wounds, arraignment was postponed today until Oct.1 for a man accused of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend and her two young children, then fleeing from police, who shot him.
Selvin Chajon Rodriguez, 23, could be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, or, should prosecutors choose to seek it, receive the death penalty if convicted in the Aug. 30 slayings of 25-year-old Laura Reveriano, her 4-year-old son, Selvin Chajon Reveriano, and 19-month-old daughter, Emily Chajon Reveriano.
Rodriguez was first slated to be arraigned on Sept. 6 before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Helios Hernandez. However, because he was not cleared by doctors to leave the hospital while recovering from a gunshot wound to the upper body, the hearing was postponed.
Hernandez rescheduled the arraignment 11 more times in deference to doctors’ wishes. But on Thursday, the judge received word from the defendant’s attorneys that Rodriguez, who is now being held without bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside, would be able to make a court appearance.
Rodriguez is charged with three counts of murder, two counts of assault on a child resulting in great bodily injury, burglary, making criminal threats and a special circumstance allegation of taking multiple lives in a single crime.
Police allege that around 7 a.m. on Aug. 30, Rodriguez broke into the home where Reveriano and her children were sleeping in the 10400 block of Granger Street, stabbing each of the victims multiple times before fleeing in a green Honda that Reveriano had previously reported stolen.
Other occupants of the house called 911 and provided a description of the car and the suspect, who was later spotted by motorists standing next to a vehicle parked on Interstate 15 at the Riverside (91) Freeway transition, blood-stained and wielding a large knife.
Corona police arrived at the interchange moments later and located Rodriguez in a nearby parking lot, where he allegedly attempted to carjack a woman, who sped away, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Officers chased the assailant and shot him once during an ensuing confrontation, prosecutors said. He was rushed to a hospital in critical condition.
The week of her death, Reveriano obtained a temporary restraining order against the defendant, whom she claimed had repeatedly threatened to kill her if she did not marry him, according to published reports.
The order had been approved by a judge but reportedly had not been processed and served on Rodriguez by the time of the killings.