BANNING (CNS) – A 41-year-old convicted felon accused of fatally shooting his mother and stepfather in Hemet pleaded not guilty Friday, Aug. 13 to murder and other charges.
Quintin Antony McCracken was arrested on Aug. 6 following a Hemet Police Department investigation into the deaths of 61-year-old Harriet Elaine Barnes and 75-year-old John Ronald Perez days earlier.
Along with two counts of first-degree murder, the defendant is charged with special-circumstance allegations of taking multiple lives, as well as one count each of vehicle theft and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, with sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations.
McCracken was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Timothy Hollenhorst, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Sept. 17 at the Banning Justice Center.
He is being held on $2 million bail at the Smith Correctional Facility.
According to Hemet police Lt. Nathan Miller, McCracken was identified as the alleged perpetrator soon after the victims were located about 11 p.m. on Aug. 3 in their house in the 5000 block of Corte Cerro, near Via Rivas.
According to court papers, it’s likely the pair were killed sometime on Aug. 1.
Miller said patrol officers were sent to the home for a welfare check because the victims had not been in touch with friends and family for several days, leading to concerns.
McCracken was taken into custody in San Bernardino, where he resided prior to moving in with his mother and Perez.
“Investigators are still working on figuring out what led up to this tragic incident that rocked the otherwise quiet community,” Miller said.
McCracken is a convicted bank robber and was released from federal prison last September after serving a 13-year sentence, according to Miller.