Joseph Jimenez, clad in an orange jail jumpsuit and chains, was being escorted back to a holding cell after the postponement of his arraignment Friday, July 30, when he heard a voice.
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“Hey, look at me, bro!” shouted Dave Goodrich, the father of 18-year-old Rylee Goodrich of Corona, who Jimenez is accused of killing.
Jimenez briefly turned his head toward Dave Goodrich — a tall man with tattoos on his arms who had risen to his feet in the back row of the gallery in the fifth-floor courtroom in Superior Court in Riverside.
“Look at me! Look at me, dude!” Goodrich continued before falling into the arms of a friend, sobbing.
Goodrich had posted about his grief on his Instagram page since Rylee was killed on July 26, but this was his first opportunity to confront Jimenez, who is also accused of shooting Rylee’s friend Anthony Barajas, 19, of Corona.
The friends were found wounded after watching of “The Forever Purge” — a movie whose plot revolved around the suspension of all criminal laws for a 12-hour period every year — at the Regal Edwards Cinema at the Crossings at Corona shopping center. Barajas remained on life support Friday.
Jimenez had been scheduled to enter pleas on Friday, but his arraignment was postponed to Aug. 5.
Jimenez was charged earlier Friday with one count of murder with a sentencing enhancement of personal use of a firearm causing death and one count of attempted murder with sentencing enhancements of personally inflicting great bodily injury and personal use of a firearm causing great bodily injury.
The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office also filed a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait. John Hall, a DA’s spokesman, declined to describe after the hearing how prosecutors believe Jimenez was lying in wait.
The special circumstance allegation makes Jimenez eligible for the death penalty should the DA decide to pursue that. At a minimum, he faces life without parole if convicted as currently charged, Hall said.
And although police say Rylee Goodrich’s wallet was found in Jimenez’s car, the DA did not file a robbery charge. Hall declined to explain that decision beyond a statement that the DA files charges it believes it can prove.
Jimenez’s attorney, Charles E. Kenyon, declined to comment to reporters.
Corona police said Jimenez shot Goodrich and Barajas in an unprovoked attack. Jimenez was arrested Tuesday after witness statements made him a suspect. A search of his home found a gun of the same caliber used in the shooting, police said. Police also said they found Goodrich’s wallet in his car.
Jimenez has no previous adult criminal record, police said.
Jimenez is a resident of an unincorporated county area near Corona known as El Cerrito. He attended Home Gardens Academy, a K-8 school, from 2006 to 2015, and Santiago High from 2015 to 2019 before graduating, said Evita Tapia-Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for the Corona-Norco Unified School District.
Memorials are planned for Goodrich on Friday and Saturday nights.
GoFundMe pages have been established to assist the families of Goodrich and Barajas with expenses.