RIVERSIDE – A Menifee man who abducted and threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend, shot one of three men who came to her aid and ended up
losing part of a leg when he was run down by a truck driven by one of the rescuers, was convicted today of four counts of attempted murder and other charges.
A Riverside jury deliberated one day before finding 49-year-old Quentin Damon Murphy guilty of the 2015 offenses.
Along with the attempted murder counts, the panel convicted Murphy of
kidnapping to commit rape, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, stalking and
sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations. He’s facing life in prison when he’s sentenced by Riverside County Superior Court Judge Thomas Kelly on Jan. 25 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
The defendant is being held without bail at the Robert Presley Jail in
During the roughly weeklong trial, Murphy testified that he was “under the effect” of alcohol and drugs before, during and after he abducted his former girlfriend, identified only as “Eva.” The two had dated for 16 months before she broke off the relationship.
The defendant said he had consumed a bottle of Moscato wine, as well as ingested the prescription anti-depressants Celexa and Trazodone, on the evening of April 5, 2015, forcing the woman at gunpoint to leave her workplace and go with him to his house in the 25000 block of Leah Lane.
According to the prosecution, Murphy held the victim for more than three hours and was not impaired by the alcohol and medication because he’d built up a tolerance after daily consumption of both for years.
Sheriff’s investigators said Murphy was suicidal at the time of the abduction, threatening to kill both himself and his ex-girlfriend.
Sgt. Glenn Williams said the woman was frightened for her life while
she sat in Murphy’s house, him standing over her, armed with a .38-caliber
handgun, but she was “able to covertly send a text message to family members for help during the ordeal.”
Three of her friends went to look for her and spotted her vehicle in Murphy’s driveway, at which point the men approached the home and knocked on the front door. Murphy testified that because it was nearly 11 p.m., he feared the trio might be burglars and grabbed a handful of bullets from a drawer with which to reload his pistol in the event he had to open fire.
While the defendant was distracted, the woman bolted out the door,
screaming, “He’s got a gun! He’s got a gun!” She and the men fled to the
pickup truck that her rescuers had arrived in – with Murphy not far behind, in pursuit.
Deputy District Attorney Kevin Beecham said Murphy fired multiple
shots, striking one man in the face. Two occupied houses in the neighborhood were also hit by gunfire, though no one was injured in either residence.
The defendant said he opened fire believing the three men were trying
to hurt Eva.
One of her friends drove the pickup straight into Murphy as he stood
in the middle of the roadway, according to investigators. The defendant’s left
leg was severed at the knee by the impact, which knocked him out. He spent
weeks in recovery at Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley,
where he was fitted with a prosthetic limb.
The man shot in the face, whose name was not released, still carries the bullet, lodged underneath his collar bone, according to Beecham. He said
the victim underwent several reconstructive surgeries and continues to struggle with psychological trauma.
According to court records, Murphy has a prior conviction for attempted burglary.