A man accused of fatally shooting two young people at a Southern California movie theater last July pleaded not guilty, and not guilty to insanity, to two murders.
Joseph Jimenez, 20, did not speak at Monday’s hearing at the Riverside Hall of Justice, leading his attorney to defend the pleas, the press company reported.
The two different pleas of not guilty were necessary, said John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, because there would be two phases if the case goes to trial: a guilt phase and a phase to determine whether Jimenez was insane. . .
The lawyers will return to court on Oct. 22 to discuss an appointment of a defense psychiatrist, the paper said.
TikTok star Anthony Barajas, 19, and his girlfriend Rylee Goodrich, 18, were shot in the head on July 26 at a theater at the Regal Edwards movie theater in the city of Corona, California.
They were found by an employee after a screening of The Forever Purge at 9:35 p.m.
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Joseph Jimenez, 20, blamed voices in his head that he said had tormented him for months after he insanity pleaded not guilty to the fatal shooting of two people at a Southern California movie theater last July
Police have said the suspect acted alone and there is no indication that he knew the victims or that Barajas’ role as a TikTok influencer played a role in the crime. Today in the photo in court
Rylee Goodrich, 18, (left) and Anthony Barajas, 19, (right) were shot in the head on July 26 while watching The Forever Purge at a nearly empty movie theater in Corona, California. They were found by an employee after 9:35 p.m. Pictured: Goodrich, a marketing major, who died on the spot
Goodrich died at the scene, while Barajas, a burgeoning social media star, died in a hospital five days later after being placed on a ventilator.
Known online as itsantonymichael, Barajas had nearly 1 million followers on TikTok and more on other platforms.
The suspect acted alone and there was no indication that he knew the victims or that Barajas’ role as a TikTok influencer played a role in the crime, police said shortly after the shooting.
Instead, Jimenez blames voices in his head that he said had tormented him for months in an interview with the Riverside Press-Enterprise.
“The voices said my friends and family would be killed,” Jimenez said last month at a Riverside County jail in Banning, where he is being held.
Jimenez did not explain how killing people would save his loved ones.
Instead, he said he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia about eight months ago and had recently stopped taking his prescribed medication.
“I ran out and couldn’t get it refilled,” Jimenez said.
He said voices had followed him for eight months and at times threatened to steal his car and television.
In the interview, he also gave a succinct description of the shooting, but expressed his condolences to the victims’ families, saying, “I wish I didn’t.”
Jimenez was charged with the murder of Barajas and Goodrich at the Regal Edwards Corona movie theater in Corona, California, during a late showing of
The accused gunman, his friends and the two victims were the only people to attend the film, as the only six tickets for the screening had been purchased, police said.
However, police have said that the suspect acted alone and there is no indication that he knew the victims or that Barajas’ role as a TikTok influencer played a role in the crime.
Jimenez had been to the theater with three friends, who told the detectives that he was acting so strangely that they slipped out of the cinema, records obtained by the Orange County Register show, but they warned no one.
The unidentified friends later saw Jimenez run out of Regal Edwards Cinema and run away in his car, according to an affidavit from police filed in court.
It remains unclear whether the failure of the three friends amounts to a felony. Their names are not listed in the county prison records.
This is the booking photo of Joseph Jimenez, in charge of the shooting of TikTok star Anthony Barajas
David Goodrich, Rylee’s father, revealed that she texted her mother just before the fatal shooting.
He said, “She texted my wife how boring and stupid it was, how she didn’t like the movie. That was the last we heard from her. Then it had to be good.’
The 43-year-old father said police told him they believe it was a random attack and that Jimenez was planning to steal from the young couple.
Goodrich studied marketing and had a full academic scholarship to Grand Canyon University.
Jimenez was arrested last Tuesday and charged with murder and attempted murder, but the second count was expected to be upgraded to murder by the time Jimenez appears in court today for his arraignment, said John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County District. Attorney’s Office.
Police seized a pistol of the same caliber as the one believed to have been used in the shooting and recovered Goodrich’s wallet and other belongings from Jimenez’s home less than 24 hours after the shooting.
The allegations filed against Jimenez include convictions for personal use of a firearm that results in death, personal infliction of serious bodily harm, and personal use of a firearm that causes serious bodily harm.
Prosecutors also filed a special circumstance for lurking, which makes him eligible for the death penalty.
Police have said the suspect acted alone and there is no evidence that he knew the victims or that Barajas’ role as a TikTok influencer played a role in the crime.