Two felons accused of robbing and fatally shooting a 61-year-old Anza man must stand trial on first-degree murder and other charges, a judge ruled Friday, Jan. 10.
Brandon Noll Pollard, 28, of Escondido and Maxwell Hakole Reynolds, 29, of Anza were arrested summer 2019 for the alleged slaying of Khamsene Singnolay.
Following a preliminary hearing, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Kelly Hanson found there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial on the murder count, as well as two counts of kidnapping to commit robbery and a special-circumstance allegation of killing in the course of a robbery.
Hanson scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for Jan. 31 at the Southwest Justice Center. The defendants are both being held without bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.
Singnolay died soon after arriving at Riverside County Fire Department Station No. 29 at 56560 Highway 371 in Anza just before midnight June 4, according to sheriff’s officials.
Sgt. Rick Espinoza said the victim had been shot in the upper body. Firefighters initiated lifesaving treatment, but he died before an ambulance could arrive, he said.
Detectives determined that the shooting had occurred a short time earlier in the area of Bautista Canyon and Tripp Flats roads, Espinoza said.
He said the two defendants were identified after evidence was gathered and witnesses were interviewed, but the circumstances behind the shooting were not disclosed.
Reynolds was arrested June 7, and Pollard was arrested the following day.
According to court records, both Pollard and Reynolds have served time in state prison within the last five years, however, details about their prior convictions were not available.