9/6 UPDATE 3:46 p.m.: With his health still at risk, arraignment was
postponed today for Selvin Chajon Rodriguez, 23. He was slated to appear today before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Helios Hernandez, but was not cleared by doctors to leave the hospital, where he's recovering from a gunshot wound to the upper body.
The judge rescheduled the defendant's arraignment for tomorrow at 9 a.m. and will continue to set hearings daily until Rodriguez is medically cleared for a court appearance. Though he's hospitalized, the defendant is in custody, being held without bail.
9/6 ORIGINAL POST: The man accused of stabbing to death a young family then parking on Interstate 15 at the Riverside (91) Freeway transition, blood-stained and wielding a large knife during morning rush-hour traffic, is scheduled for arraignment today.
Selvin Chajon Rodriguez, 23, could be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, or death -- should prosecutors choose to seek it -- if convicted in the Aug. 30 slayings of 25-year-old Laura Reveriano, her 4-year-old son, Selvin Chajon Reveriano, and 19-month-old daughter, Emily Chajon Reveriano.
Along with three counts of murder, Rodriguez is charged with burglary, making criminal threats and a special circumstance allegation of taking multiple lives in a single crime. He remains hospitalized and will only appear for his arraignment if medically cleared by doctors to go to court.
stabbing each of the victims multiple times before fleeing in a green Honda that Reveriano had previously reported stolen.
Other occupants of the house called 911 and provided a description of the car and the suspect, who was later spotted by motorists standing next to a car parked on Interstate 15 at the Riverside (91) Freeway transition, blood- stained and wielding a large knife.
Corona police arrived at the interchange a short time later and located Rodriguez in a nearby parking lot, where he allegedly attempted to carjack a woman, who sped away, according to the District Attorney's Office.
Officers chased the assailant and shot him once during an ensuing confrontation, prosecutors said. He was rushed to a hospital in critical condition.
"The criminal threats charged in this case involve threats Rodriguez previously made to kill the woman ... as well as a man he called prior to the murders," said D.A.'s office spokesman John Hall. "During the murder investigation, Riverside police detectives found that Rodriguez had possession of (Reveriano's) cell phone several days before the murders. Police believe that Rodriguez went through (her) contacts ... and called the man, threatening to kill him if he did not stay away from her."
The week of her death, Reveriano obtained a temporary restraining order against the defendant, whom she claimed had repeatedly threatened to kill her if she did not marry him, according to published reports.
The order had been approved by a judge but reportedly had not been processed and served on Rodriguez by the time of the killings.