BANNING (CNS) A man accused of fatally stabbing a 63-year-old acquaintance outside a Hemet business pleaded not guilty Friday, Sept. 4 to a murder charge.
Hyder Mahdi Jaffer, 51, of Hemet is accused in the Dec. 30 slaying of Inder Jit of Winchester.
Along with the murder count, he faces with a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.
Jaffer was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Timothy Hollenhorst, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Oct. 16 at the Banning Justice Center.
The defendant is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.
According to Hemet police Lt. Jeff Davis, there was an unspecified confrontation between Jaffer and Jit as the latter sat in his vehicle in fr