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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.

Natasha Herbst February 11, 2014 at 02:49 AM
THEY NEED TO GET THIS TRIAL GOING ONCE AND FOR ALL , AND MAKE THAT FATHER AND SON PAY FOR WHAT THEY DID TO LITTLE BOBBY HENDERSON AND HIS FAMILY , THIS HAS GONE ON LONG ENOUGH...WE AS FRIENDS NEED TO HEAL IN SIDE AS WELL ....TRIAL THEM BOTH AND BE DONE WITH IT ....
concerned February 11, 2014 at 04:55 AM
Justice for Bobby Henderson !!
concerned February 11, 2014 at 04:58 AM
Justice for Bobby Henderson! May u rest in peace!
Libi Uremovic February 11, 2014 at 09:50 AM
'...The defendants were reportedly settling a score,...' ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- he ruined his life and his kid's life to 'settle a score' ....there is something very wrong with our society...
Antonio February 11, 2014 at 11:39 AM
Were drugs involved?
DB February 11, 2014 at 11:56 AM
Yes, the suspect allegedly killed this kid for breaking into his home and stealing some pot.
Santana February 11, 2014 at 12:59 PM
The child that died had nothing to to with the alleged theft. Just seen a friend in trouble and tried to help
Bd February 11, 2014 at 01:12 PM
Santana's correct, according to what I've read. Just a kid in the wrong place trying to help a friend who may or may not have stolen pot and a shotgun from Aresta.
Danielle Hall February 11, 2014 at 01:18 PM
RIP Bubba...we love and miss you everyday! To DB: Bobby was not the one who allegedly stole from these low lifes. He was helping someone who he thought was his friend. Bobby would help anyone...he was an amazing young man. Hope these jerks get what they deserve...and rot in hell!
Antonio February 11, 2014 at 02:52 PM
A 16 year old out on the streets at 11:30 pm. Where were the parents?
Stone Drake February 11, 2014 at 03:55 PM
They need to just put them away and bobby was out on a weekend at a party with some friends that's why he was out at 11:30 bobby was an awesome person and didn't deserve this? And the parents are amazing and didn't deserve to loss their kid bobby R.I.P MISS YOU BOBBY
DB February 11, 2014 at 08:38 PM
Danielle, thank you for the correction, it had been awhile since I had read the story, my apologies if I offended anyone.....
Danielle Hall February 11, 2014 at 11:28 PM
Lyn...Bobby was at a parent across the street from his house where his loving caring parents were. He was on his way home when he heard his friend got jumped. He took off running to defend his friend. That's the kind of young man Bobby was.
Danielle Hall February 11, 2014 at 11:29 PM
Party
Antonio February 11, 2014 at 11:32 PM
I understand. It's sad. People getting caught up in drugs and violence. Nothing good comes of it. I hope the murderers get the maximum penalty.
SA February 12, 2014 at 02:28 PM
Max penalty should be 1 appeal then execution … Not 3 hots, a cot, cable and prisoner rights for 30 years to life… just executed …
Teenadvocate February 12, 2014 at 06:08 PM
This article leaves much out of the story. The blood trail is only the elder Aresta's because his jaw got broken in the scuffle. There was a party that night but it is not where this all started. The thief and two other friends left when cops were called to break up the party. The three friends (only one involved in the theft months earlier) were walking home. The thief got jumped before squeezing under fence, the deceased boy jumped back over the fence to help the friend. He took down the younger boy right away. Son did not commit murder. The thief is in custody currently. The truth will come out in trial.
Raymond Herbst February 13, 2014 at 03:30 AM
ITS PRETTY SAD TO READY SOME OF YOUR COMMENTS , I AM APART OF THE FAMILY LIFES , THIS NEEDS TO COME TO TRIAL ONCE AND FOR ALL , DONT YOU THINK THE HERDERSON HAVE WENT THREW ENOUGH PAIN AND SADNESS, WE KNOW THE TRUTH AND YOUR RIGHT IT WILL COME OUT IN COURT, THESE TWO PEOPLE ARE VERY EVIL AND IF THE SON WAS NOT INVOLVED, THEN WHY HO WHY WAS HE ON THE RUN WITH HIS FATHER ....DOSE.NT Matter NOW ...THERE BOTH LOCK UP WHERE THEY NEED TO BE , EVIL EVIL PEOPLE, THEY NEED A 2 BY 2 CELL ...NOT A 4 BY 4 CELL ....THE FAMILY IS ALWAYS IN MY NIGHTLY PRAYERS AS I WISH THEM STRENGH EACH AND EVERY DAY AS THEY ARE DEEPLY CRUSH OVER THE LOST OF THERE BEAUTIFUL SON BOBBY HENDERSON .....HIS SMILE WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART....LOVE YOU BUBBY
Crystal February 16, 2014 at 11:35 AM
absolute bull shit. at what point do people realize they are adults, parents and not their kids "homies" . rip bobby and i pray your parents find somepeace when these jerk offs are prosecuted
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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