RIVERSIDE (CNS) – A parolee accused of killing a 22-year-old man during a confrontation in west Riverside must stand trial on a voluntary manslaughter charge, a judge ruled Tuesday.
Kelvin Trayvone Taylor, 26, of Riverside was arrested in May following a nearly three-month investigation into the death of Jordan Love.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge John Molloy ruled there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial on the manslaughter count, as well as several sentence-enhancing parole violation allegations.
The judge scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for Jan. 17 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
Taylor is free on a $180,000 bond.
According to Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback, Taylor and Love had an unspecified confrontation on the evening of Feb. 8 in the 7400 block of El Sol Way, near Madison Street, in an area of the city known as Casa Blanca.
Passers-by spotted the victim lying unconscious on the cul-de-sac and called 911. He had suffered “major trauma to the head” and was taken to Riverside Community Hospital, but never regained consciousness and died four days later, Railsback said.
Homicide detectives began collecting evidence and speaking with potential witnesses, eventually identifying Taylor as the alleged assailant. He was taken into custody without a struggle on Limonite Avenue in Jurupa Valley on May 1.
Investigators declined to disclose the alleged conflict between the defendant and victim.
According to court records, Taylor has prior convictions for armed robbery, possession of an assault rifle and grand theft.