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Man acting as bail agent charged with murder in Palm Springs shooting, woman still sought in investigation

UPDATE: Fabian Herrera, 36, has been formally charged with murder in the killing of 33-year-old David Spann. The Riverside District Attorney announced the charges Wednesday.

If convicted, Herrera could face 50 years to life in prison. The murder charge came with a sentencing enhancement alleging Herrera intentionally discharged a firearm and caused great bodily injury. Three additional counts were filed accusing Herrera of being a felon while in possession of a firearm, ammunition and body armor.

The criminal complaint also detailed two prior strikes against Herrera in the state of California. A third strike could allow a judge to increase the sentence, according to the Riverside County District Attorney's office.

On Friday, Herrera was acting as a bail agent when he went to the home of David Spann, 33, at a residence in the 100 block of East Via Escuela, according to the Riverside County Sheriff. Sgt. Richard Carroll said that although Spann was wanted by a bail agency, there was no warrant for his arrest by law enforcement.

Herrera was "not property licensed'' as a bail agent, and was also prohibited from possessing firearms due to his criminal history, sheriff's officials said.

On Tuesday the Riverside County Sheriff's Department announced there is an arrest warrant for a second person in connection with the deadly shooting. They identified that person as 53-year-old Lisa Vargas, who authorities said helped Herrera in the incident.

It's unclear how Vargas allegedly assisted Herrera.

News Channel 3 spoke to neighbors the day after the shooting. One neighbor said he had just arrived home at around 1:30 a.m. Friday when another vehicle followed him into the Indian Canyon Gardens condominium complex.

"It was a man and a woman," neighbor Tony Romero said

Romero said the pair came to his door and asked Romero's wife questions about the layout of the complex and whether they knew Spann. Minutes later, Romero said they heard "yelling and shouting and banging on doors."

Herrera is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is also asked to contact Riverside Sheriff Investigator Bishop at (951) 955-2777 or District Attorney Investigator Munoz at (951) 955-5506.

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Shelby Nelson

Shelby Nelson is a News Reporter for KESQ News Channel 3. She joined our team in September 2019 after living in San Francisco for 6 years. Learn more about Shelby here.

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