BANNING - A 38-year-old felon accused of pistol-whipping and shooting a San Jacinto man during an argument must stand trial for assault with a deadly weapon and other offenses, a judge ruled today.
Fernando Garcia of San Jacinto was arrested in April 2020 for the alleged attack in the 800 block of Minor Street.
Following a preliminary hearing at the Banning Justice Center, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Jorge Hernandez found there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial on the four assault charges, as well as one count each of child endangerment, violating a domestic violence restraining order and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Hernandez scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for Aug. 20. Garcia is free on a $180,000 bond.
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