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Suspect charged in deadly shooting near Desert Hot Springs police station; Second suspect charged for harboring fugitive

Daniel Ray Martinez (Left) and Jesus Gabriel Pena (Right)
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Daniel Ray Martinez (Left) and Jesus Gabriel Pena (Right)

A suspect accused of shooting a man who was found dead near the Desert Hot Springs Police station has been charged with murder.

Daniel Ray Martinez, 28, of Desert Hot Springs has officially been charged in a murder of a man identified as "Javier T." on Sept. 8.

Daniel Ray Martinez

Officers found Javier with multiple gunshots wounds in the front parking lot of the police station at approximately 11:11 p.m. on Sept. 8, according to DHSPD. Officers attempted life-saving measures and called for medical assistance. Javier was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. 

Martinez was located and arrested in San Diego County the next day. He is currently booked at the John Benoit Detention Center in Indio. He was arraigned in court on Tuesday afternoon, where he pleaded not guilty to all charges.

On Tuesday, the Riverside County District Attorney's office charged Martinez with murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

In addition, a second suspect, identified as Jesus Gabriel Pena, 39, has been charged for harboring Martinez after the deadly shooting, court documents show.

Jesus Gabriel Pena

County jail records also show that Pena was arrested by DHSPD on Sept. 9. He was booked into the John Benoit Detention Center in Indio, where he is being held in lieu of bail.

Pena was also arraigned Tuesday afternoon, he pleaded not guilty to his charges.

Stay with News Channel 3 for continuing updates on this investigation.

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