MURRIETA – A June 9 trial date was confirmed today for an ex-con accused of beating and killing a San Jacinto drug counselor with whom he once worked.
Corey Lamont Macedon, 36, could face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder and special circumstance allegations of killing to commit a felony and killing during a robbery in the Oct. 14, 2011, death of 48-year-old Theron Brison.
Macedon was the alleged principal in the killing. His cousin and codefendant, 35-year-old Davel D. Walker, was convicted of the same charges in October and is expected to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Jan. 31.
During a status hearing at the Southwest Justice Center today, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Angel Bermudez conferred with the prosecution and defense, both of whom agreed to be prepared to begin jury selection by the second week in May.
Bermudez set a pretrial hearing in the case for May 2 to ensure the two sides are on track.
Macedon and Walker were being held without bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.
According to sheriff’s investigators, Macedon and the victim had worked together at the MFI Recovery Center, a substance abuse counseling facility near Santa Fe Street and Esplanade Avenue. Macedon lost his job a short time before Brison’s death and after he was caught charging patients for services that were free and pocketing the ill-gotten gains.
Prosecutors allege that Macedon talked Brison into going with him to another location and then — with Walker’s help — ambushed the unsuspecting man, beating, bounding and gagging him.
Brison died of asphyxiation.
The defendants stole the victim’s pickup, wallet and bass guitar, according to court papers. Several computers were also taken from the drug clinic.
The vehicle was later found abandoned, and Macedon was recorded on Big 5 Sporting Goods video using Brison’s credit card, according to investigators.
The victim, a resident of Moreno Valley, was known as the bass player for the funk band ”Thee Ram Jam.”
Macedon has a 2002 felony conviction for auto theft, according to court records.