Man accused of gunning down Lake Elsinore resident makes court appearance

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MURRIETA (CNS) – A man accused of gunning down a 24-year-old Lake Elsinore resident was in court Friday for a preliminary hearing.

Victor Daniel Vega, 26, is accused of shooting Brayan Guzman, whose body was discovered by a passersby about 10:25 a.m. April 28 in the 200 block of Graham Street, near Spring Street, in a business district about two blocks from the Riverside County sheriff’s Lake Elsinore station.

Deputies quickly confirmed that the victim had been shot to death, and homicide detectives took over the investigation, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Ben Ramirez.

After gathering evidence at the scene and canvassing the area, detectives identified Vega as the alleged perpetrator, according to the sergeant, who did not disclose a possible motive for the attack.

The defendant was taken into custody without a struggle about 4:30 a.m. the following day in Matich Park on Limited Avenue.

Vega pleaded not guilty May 10 to a murder charge with sentence-enhancing gun- and great bodily injury allegations.

According to court records, Vega has several unresolved cases pending for alleged receiving stolen property and obstructing a peace officer. He has no documented felony convictions in Riverside County.

He is being held on $1 million bail at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility and is due back in court for an information arraignment Feb. 24.