Prelim hearing set for La Mesa murder case

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An Oct. 17 preliminary hearing was set Friday for three people accused of the murder of Travis Lewis, whose body was found in the parking lot of Burlington Coat Factory in La Mesa on July 20.The alleged gunman is Derrick Eli Henderson, 30, and two women, Kathryn Luwana Williams, 24, and Tiesha Renee Johnson, 32, are also accused of murder and robbery.Travis, 30, a former Grossmont College student, was shot at 6:47 p.m. during a verbal altercation and robbery at 7938 El Cajon Boulevard.

An Oct. 17 preliminary hearing was set Friday for three people accused of the murder of Travis Lewis, whose body was found in the parking lot of Burlington Coat Factory in La Mesa on July 20.The alleged gunman is Derrick Eli Henderson, 30, and two women, Kathryn Luwana Williams, 24, and Tiesha Renee Johnson, 32, are also accused of murder and robbery.Travis, 30, a former Grossmont College student, was shot at 6:47 p.m. during a verbal altercation and robbery at 7938 El Cajon Boulevard.

They have all pleaded not guilty in El Cajon Superior Court and on Friday they agreed to have the preliminary hearing re-set for Oct. 17.The women were arrested on July 25. Henderson fled to the City Heights area and was contacted by a La Mesa detective on July 25 at 7:09 p.m.

The detective fired several shots at Henderson which missed. Henderson was chased for several blocks and arrested. Henderson and Johnson remain in jail on $1 million each and bail for Williams is $750,000.

Lakeside woman pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter Tristan Eric Klingensmith, 21, has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the 2016 death of Brandon DeGuzman, 21, who was shot to death in El Cajon over an alleged drug debt.Klingensmith, of Lakeside, also pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine for sale, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Deputy District Attorney Johan Yacoub said Klingensmith is expected to receive 15 years in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 14 in El Cajon Superior Court.

Meanwhile, the preliminary hearing for co-defendant Richard James Gunner, 24, is set for August 29. Gunner is alleged to have shot DeGuzman, on Sept. 24, 2016, in the face.

DeGuzman was found lying on the sidewalk at 6:30 a.m. in the 500 block of Danny Street in the unincorporated area of El Cajon.

Gunner is also charged with burglary, robbery, and conspiracy with Klingensmith. The charges allege that Gunner killed DeGuzman at 5:22 a.m. outside his home.

Both Klingensmith and Gunner remain in jail on $2 million bail.

Criminal proceedings suspended in El Cajon Police officer case

Criminal proceedings have been suspended for a man suspected of knocking an El Cajon Police officer unconscious in a July 17 incident.

The attorney for Daniel Moses Cook, 22, told El Cajon Superior Court Judge John Thompson she doubted he was mentally competent to understand court proceedings.

A mental competency hearing was set for Oct. 2. A psychiatrist will evaluate Cook in jail and prepare a mental evaluation. If another judge determines Cook is not competent, he would be sent to a state psychiatric facility for treatment.

Cook is charged with felony assault upon Officer Jose Sioson, a 28-year veteran who was hospitalized with head injuries at the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at 724 Fletcher Parkway in El Cajon.

Sioson responded to a 911 call after Cook took two sodas out of the Dollar store and walked out without paying for them. Cook is charged with robbery, possession of methamphetamine, being under the influence of the drug, and resisting an executive officer.

Cook, whose jail records say he weighs 250 pounds and is 6’3” tall, remains in jail without bail.

Sentence handed down in El Cajon attempted murder

Shagirah Akila Joyce, 29, has been sentenced to 15 years and four months in state prison for attempted murder of an El Cajon woman who had been dating Joyce’s ex-boyfriend.

Joyce pleaded guilty to attempted murder in the stabbing of the woman who was pregnant at the time. The woman was stabbed in the face, shoulder, and forearms on May 16, 2016 in her home.

The victim was stabbed at 11:30 p.m. and she was taken to a hospital. Joyce was given credit for a year spent in jail.

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