A parolee pleaded not guilty today to a first-degree murder charge stemming from the fatal shooting of his uncle in Palm Springs during an argument.
Brian Ogle, 24, is charged in the May 11 death of 47-year-old William “Brad” Ogle, who was shot in front of his home in the 2200 block of Carillo Road.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Dale R. Wells set bail at $1 million and ordered Ogle to return to court on July 28 for a felony settlement conference.
Ogle was brought to Riverside County on Friday from the state prison in Chino, where he was being held for a parole violation.
Ogle told Palm Springs police Detective Arnold Galvan while in custody at the state prison that he was involved in a physical confrontation with his uncle when “a gun `inadvertently’ went off,” according to a declaration in support of an arrest warrant.
Witnesses said a man fitting Ogle’s description arrived at the home in a blue vehicle and confronted the resident. He then went back to his car and began to drive away, but stopped abruptly and fired one gunshot as his uncle was walking back toward his house, Galvan wrote.
Following the shooting, Ogle called several friends on his cell phone and admitted that he got into a fight with his uncle and shot him, according to the document.
Cell phone tracking also placed Ogle near the home at the time of the shooting, Galvan said.
Ogle has a history of drug-and theft-related charges in eastern Riverside County dating back to 2004.