MURRIETA - A man accused of killing a 30-year-old woman found in an abandoned vehicle in Temecula pleaded not guilty today to a murder charge.
Edwin Omar Cordova, 28, of Wildomar is charged in the death of Cynthia Denise Ibarra Cabrera of Murrieta, who was found dead on March 18.
He was arraigned on the murder count, with a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony, before Superior Court Judge Judith Clark, who kept the defendant's bail at $1 million.
The judge scheduled a May 13 felony settlement conference at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta for Cordova, who is being held at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
According to sheriff's Sgt. Rick Espinoza, patrol deputies were called to the area of Camino Estribo and Pujol Street