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Man, Son Accused of Killing 16-Year-Old Lake Elsinore Boy to Stand Trial

Fernando Moreira Aresta and his son are accused of murdering Bobby Henderson, a 16-year-old Lakeside High School student.

Fernando Moreira Aresta Photo/Riverside County Sheriff's Dept.
Fernando Moreira Aresta Photo/Riverside County Sheriff's Dept.

A father and son accused of fatally stabbing a 16-year- old Lake Elsinore boy and wounding his friend during a confrontation must stand trial on murder charges, a judge ruled Monday.

Fernando Moreira Aresta, 44, of Lake Elsinore, and his 17-year-old son, Anthony Aresta, were arrested last August in connection with the deadly assault three months earlier on Lakeside High School student Bobby Henderson.

Following a preliminary hearing at the Southwest Justice Center, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Angel Bermudez found there was sufficient evidence to bound the elder Aresta over for trial on charges of first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon and a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a deadly weapon -- in this case, a knife -- to commit a felony.

Bermudez also found sufficient evidence for Anthony Aresta to be tried for murder. The judge set a post-preliminary hearing arraignment in the case for March 14.

The younger Aresta is being held at Southwest Juvenile Hall. His father is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

According to sheriff's investigators, the fatal stabbing occurred around 11:30 on the night of May 25, 2013, near the intersection of Garfield and Monroe streets.

Deputies were called to the location to investigate an assault and found Henderson and his 18-year-old male friend, not identified, suffering from stab wounds, investigators said.

Henderson was lying on the ground, unconscious, and was taken to a hospital, where he died a half-hour later, according to Sgt. Todd Torrenti. Witnesses told investigators that the teen, schooled in martial arts, was coming to the aid of the 18-year-old when he was stabbed.

The defendants were reportedly settling a score, possibly related to a theft, when they allegedly attacked the 18-year-old.

Torrenti said the victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Deputies found a blood trail leading away from the location of the assault. Investigators spent several months on the case before submitting it to prosecutors for review, culminating in the defendants' Aug. 22 arrests.


—City News Service contributed to this report.

Danielle Hall February 18, 2014 at 03:26 PM
Teenadvocate...the truth will come out...they killed an innocent young man who had nothing to do with the theft. He was just protecting his friend. And the fact that the scumbag dad killed Bobby because he took down the younger scumbag is bullshit! I really hope they both get what they deserve!
Chris February 19, 2014 at 12:52 PM
It doesn't matter which coward did the deed, they both WILL get same time. What moron out there hasn't taught their kids that what party your with, if one does A crime, all get the time. One less moronic parent off the streets and all this over _________? Right, so worth it.
southernbelle February 21, 2014 at 12:09 PM
@Crystal--stole the words form my mouth. This sperm donor was teaching and instructing his son to be a murderous thug like himself. He gets execution, and the son, 17, old enough to know what's right and what's not needs to be transferred OUT of Juvi and into ADULT prison! I don't know how i missed this entire story before but my heart goes out to the family of this child. Sincere condolences.

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