SANTA ANA, Calif .– Marcus Eriz, a Southern California man charged with murdering a 6-year-old boy in a road rage incident, was taken into custody without bail on Friday.
Orange County Superior Court Judge Larry Yellin told lawyers that in addition to the murder charge, he was alarmed by an allegation that Eriz, 24, also wielded a gun during ‘a second incident.
“It seems to me that Mr. Eriz is a total danger to the community,” Yellin said.
Eriz and his girlfriend, Wynne Lee, 23, have pleaded not guilty through their lawyers.
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Lee is accused of having been an accomplice after the fact. The defense requested that his bail be set at $ 50,000 while the prosecution insisted on $ 500,000. The judge deferred pending an assessment from Lee.
The boy, Aiden Leos, was shot dead on May 21 while driving in his mother’s car on a highway. Authorities said the mother was cut off by another car, prompting her to wave. Authorities allege that Eriz, in a car driven by Lee, drew a gun and shot the woman’s vehicle, killing Leos.
Authorities arrested the couple more than two weeks later outside their apartment in Costa Mesa.
The murder sparked outrage and led hundreds of people to tip. There was even a $ 500,000 reward offered for advice that helped identify the suspect who killed Leos. It is not known when the reward money will be paid out, however, as an investigation is still ongoing.