Two men accused of gunning down a 77-year-old retiree during a robbery at his Hemet home and committing additional robberies during which they allegedly targeted seniors and the disabled must stand trial on murder and other charges, a judge ruled today.
Tiaki Alfred James Mosley, 19, and Kelvin Leymon Redd Jr., 25, both of San Jacinto, were arrested Nov. 19 in connection with the fatal shooting of Victor Prinque.
Following a preliminary hearing at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Angel Bermudez found there was sufficient evidence to bound the pair over for trial on the murder charge, as
well as three counts of robbery, one count each of burglary and grand theft and special circumstance allegations of killing in the course of a robbery.
Bermudez also affirmed a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait against Redd, but dismissed the same allegation against Mosley. The defendants could face the death penalty if they’re convicted and the District
Attorney’s Office seeks to pursue capital punishment.
Both men remain in custody without bail at the Southwest Detention Center.
According to Hemet police Chief David Brown, the defendants were identified following an investigation conducted with the assistance of sheriff’s deputies.
Investigators allege that on the night of Nov. 16, Mosley and Redd parked outside the Stater Bros. supermarket on Florida Avenue in Hemet and observed Prinque and his wife leave the store, then followed the couple back to
their single-story house in the 2800 block of West Fruitvale Avenue.
As Prinque unloaded groceries in his garage, the defendants allegedly confronted the victim and demanded money from him at gunpoint. The 77-year-old was shot to death. His wife was not harmed.
According to Brown, the men fled immediately afterward without being spotted, but detectives were able to obtain a description of their vehicle and shared that information with surrounding law enforcement agencies.
The police chief said a sheriff’s sergeant located the getaway car, leading to the driver and its occupants being questioned. Search warrants were obtained and served at several locations, culminating in Mosley and Redd being
arrested, Brown said.
Investigators believe the men were involved in two similar robberies in the San Jacinto area in the weeks prior to the fatal shooting.
According to court records, Redd has a misdemeanor conviction for petty theft in 2007. There was no record of adult convictions for Mosley.