Driver charged with attempted murder on trial

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A Lakeside man will stand trial March 5 for attempted murder for intentionally trying to hit a pedestrian on an El Cajon sidewalk.

The incident occurred June 2, 2018, when David William Dunkel, 38, struck a man who was walking with a woman in the 1100 block of East Madison Avenue at 1:19 p.m.

The white station wagon also struck a light pole. The injured man was taken to a hospital.

A Lakeside man will stand trial March 5 for attempted murder for intentionally trying to hit a pedestrian on an El Cajon sidewalk.

The incident occurred June 2, 2018, when David William Dunkel, 38, struck a man who was walking with a woman in the 1100 block of East Madison Avenue at 1:19 p.m.

The white station wagon also struck a light pole. The injured man was taken to a hospital.

Charges of attempted murder and felony assault were dismissed against Michelle Louise Bergen, 29, by an El Cajon Superior Court judge at the same preliminary hearing where Dunkel was ordered to stand trial.

Bergen allegedly assaulted the woman who was with the man who was injured minutes later by the car. She got back into the car with Dunkel driving on the sidewalk.

Both Dunkel and Bergen have pleaded not guilty. Bergen has been released from jail, but Dunkel remains in custody on $1 million bail.

Woman sentenced for stabbing acquaintance

Alaya Michelle Jenkins, 24, has been sentenced to two years in state prison for stabbing a woman to death at an El Cajon bus stop during an argument.

Leia Anderson, 34, was mortally wounded on Jan. 16, 2018, in the 100 block of West Madison Avenue. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The two women knew each other and Jenkins had a pit bull with her at the time. Anderson, who was 6’ tall and larger than Jenkins, reportedly yelled a threat to Jenkins before she was stabbed.

Jenkins pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and could have received a 5-year prison term. A murder charge was dropped. She received credit for serving almost a year in jail from an El Cajon Superior Court judge.

Fentanyl drug dealer could face life in prison

The driver of a vehicle that attempted to go through the Pine Valley checkpoint with 21 packages of fentanyl mixed with another drug has pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute.

Sentencing for Jose Armando Hernandez Velazquez was set for Jan. 18 by U.S. District Court Judge Janis Sammartino in San Diego.

Fentanyl is a dangerous synthetic opioid that is deadly even in small amounts.

The maximum sentence Hernandez faces is life in federal prison, though federal guidelines will recommend a less harsh sentence.

The incident occurred on Sept. 5 when Hernandez was driving a silver Mini Cooper at 1:53 p.m. as he approached the Interstate 8 checkpoint. Hernandez told a Border Patrol agent he was on his way to the Viejas Casino.

Hernandez was sent to a secondary inspection and an agent’s canine partner alerted him to the floorboard. An agent used a fiber optic scope within an opening and saw sealed bundles on a false bottom compartment.

Agents removed 21 vacuum sealed packages that weighed 55 pounds, court records say. The packages contained a mixture of the deadly fentanyl drug with piperidinyl. They also found two pill form packages.

Hernandez is a Mexican citizen with a permanent resident card. A female passenger was initially charged with him, but all charges were dropped.

During a later interview, Hernandez told agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration that he was aware he was transporting illegal merchandise for a fee of $2,500.

Hernandez said he had transported illegal substances before, approximately 6-7 times, and had been paid $2,500. He said he had driven the car to Riverside or Anaheim previously.

Hernandez has been detained without bail in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in San Diego.

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