A 44-year-old man accused along with a teenage accomplice of fatally killing a 16-year-old Lake Elsinore teen and wounding his friend in the Presidential's neighborhood of Lake Elsinore earlier this year has had his court hearing reset.
Fernando Moreira Aresta of Lake Elsinore was due in court this week for a preliminary hearing but the date has been reset to Feb. 10.
Aresta has been charged with murder, assault with a deadly weapon resulting in great bodily injury and sentence-enhancing weapons allegations in the May 25, 2013 death of 16-year-old Bobby Henderson. The defendant has pleaded not guilty to the charges and has denied the sentence-enhancing allegations.
The Feb. 10 preliminary hearing will determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence to bring Aresta to trial.
Aresta and a 16-year-old boy, whose identity was not released, were arrested this past summer after sheriff's deputies executed arrest warrants.
Aresta's alleged accomplice is facing similar charges.
Aresta is being held on $1 million bail at Robert Presley Detention Center, according to jail records. The records show he was arrested 7 a.m. Aug. 22, 2013 at 780 Columbia Avenue in Riverside.
Investigators maintain that the deadly attack against Henderson happened around 11:30 p.m. May 25 in Lake Elsinore's Presidential's neighborhood, near Garfield and Monroe streets. Deputies were called to the area to investigate an assault and found Henderson and his 18-year-old male friend suffering from stab wounds, investigators said.
Henderson was lying on the ground, unconscious, and was rushed to a hospital, where he died a half-hour later, according to Sgt. Todd Torrenti.
Witnesses told investigators that Henderson was intervening in an attack on the 18-year-old when he was stabbed. The motive for the assault on the 18-year-old was unclear. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to Torrenti.