A Perris man has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder and three other felonies for his alleged participation in a deadly home-invasion robbery in Fontana last month.
Roberto Carlos Tirad Osuna, 26, was initially unable to appear in court after his arrest, because he was hospitalized with several gunshot wounds suffered during the Oct. 30 incident. He appeared in Fontana Superior Court on Thursday to enter a plea.
Prosecutors say Osuna was one of four men who allegedly went to a home in the 7400 block of Almeria Avenue in Fontana intending to break in, tie up the homeowner and his family, and take large amounts of cocaine and cash they believed was there.
But when the alleged robbers entered the home, the homeowner, Robert Ramirez, opened fire.
Ramirez shot and killed one of the robbers — Lucio Chavez Jimenez, 37, of Moreno Valley — and the robbers returned fire, shooting and killing Ramirez.
Osuna and another alleged robber — Lee Allen Johnson, 25, of the Riverside area — are both charged with two counts of attempted murder, and one count each of burglary, attempted robbery, and assault with a deadly weapon.
Both men remain jailed without the possibility of bail at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, according to jail records. They are next due in court Jan. 6.