Man Pleads Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity in Double Slaying at Corona Movie Theater

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A 20-year-old antheral who said voices prompted to him to fatally sprout 2 radical successful a Corona movie theatre pleaded not blameworthy by crushed of insanity Monday to execution and different charges.

Joseph Jimenez of Corona is accused of gunning down Anthony Barajas, 19, and Rylee Goodrich, 18, some besides of Corona, successful July astatine the Regal Edwards Theater.

Along with 2 counts of first-degree murder, Jimenez is charged with a peculiar condition allegation of taking aggregate lives successful the aforesaid transgression and sentence-enhancing weapon and large bodily wounded allegations.

The suspect was arraigned earlier Riverside County Superior Court Judge Gail O'Rane, who scheduled a felony colony league for Jan. 28 astatine the Riverside Hall of Justice and ordered that helium stay held without bail astatine the Smith Correctional Facility successful Banning.

Barajas and Goodrich were 2 of six ticket-holders for the late-night showing connected July 26 of "The Forever Purge," a fearfulness movie astir societal collapse. Jimenez besides had a summons for the movie.

Theater employees discovered the victims erstwhile they began cleaning the venue aft the movie ended. The brace had been changeable successful the head.

Goodrich was pronounced dormant astatine the scene. Barajas was taken to Riverside Community Hospital, wherever helium died 2 days later. He was a societal media influencer with astir 1 cardinal followers connected TikTok.

A hunt warrant was served July 27 astatine a residence successful the 19000 artifact of Envoy Avenue, adjacent Diamond Street successful El Cerrito, leading to Jimenez's arrest, arsenic good arsenic the seizure of a handgun, according to the Corona Police Department. Prosecutors said the weapon was the aforesaid caliber arsenic the limb utilized successful the shooting, which they described successful tribunal papers arsenic a "random and unprovoked attack."

There was nary grounds that the suspect and victims had interacted previously.

Jimenez, a postgraduate of Santiago High School, told the Press-Enterprise successful an interrogation that helium regretted his actions connected the nighttime of the attack.

He divulged to the insubstantial successful a jailhouse interrogation that helium had been tormented by voices successful his caput for months and had precocious been diagnosed with schizophrenia but had stopped taking his medication.

"The voices said my friends and household were going to beryllium killed," Jimenez said successful the interview.

He said helium went retired to his car and retrieved the gun, which helium had purchased connected OfferUp, an online marketplace.

In the interview, Jimenez said helium walked up down the victims, shooting Barajas first. He said Goodrich "sort of jumped," and helium changeable her, past ran from the theater.

The suspect has nary documented anterior felony oregon misdemeanor convictions.

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