Anza man pleads not guilty to murdering father

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MURRIETA (CNS) – A 21-year-old Anza man accused of gunning down his father pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a murder charge.

Anthony David Holguin allegedly killed 40-year-old David Jose Holguin at the victim’s home in the 39000 block of Cary Road, near Dusty Road, on Nov. 13.

The defendant, who is also charged with illegal possession of a firearm and faces sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations, was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Stephen Gallon, who scheduled a Jan. 31 felony settlement conference at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Brosche, Holguin confronted his father inside the older man’s residence and, for reasons unclear, allegedly pulled a handgun and shot the victim several times. The victim died at the scene.

Witnesses called 911, and deputies located the defendant nearby and took him into custody without a struggle, Brosche said.

According to court records, Holguin has an unresolved misdemeanor case pending for allegedly carrying a loaded firearm in public without a permit.

He has no documented prior felony convictions.

Holguin is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.