BANNING, Calif. - A man who allegedly opened fire inside his ex-girlfriend's Banning home, fatally injuring her and her father-in-law, made his initial court appearance today on double murder charges.
Arraignment for Kris Kenny, 44, of San Bernardino, was rescheduled to Feb. 16 at the Banning Justice Center. He's being held without bail.
Kenny allegedly shot 37-year-old Shanetta Dixon on Dec. 29 at her home on East Hoffer Street. She died at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital in Banning.
The second victim, Francisco Sanchez, also lived at the home, as did Dixon's mother. Sanchez died after being hospitalized for several weeks in a medically induced coma, according to police.
Following a month on the lam, Kenny was arrested in Rialto by a U.S. marshals' task force on Tuesday after making an unsuccessful attempt to flee, which triggered a chase and search of the surrounding area, according to Banning police. Authorities caught up with him somewhere on Eucalyptus Avenue,
jail records show.
Prosecutors charged Kenny last month with one count each of murder and attempted murder, but the complaint was amended following Sanchez's death. He also faces sentence-enhancing allegations of lying in wait and committing multiple murders, which could make him eligible for the death penalty if convicted. A decision on whether to pursue capital punishment is pending.
Kenny and Dixon dated for five years before their relationship ended about six months prior to the shooting, according to an arrest warrant declaration prepared by a Banning police detective.
On Dec. 29, he called Dixon's mother and requested to speak with her daughter because he said ``he found out he had cancer and it had spread to both of his lungs, and he wanted to let Dixon know,'' according to the declaration, which says he showed up at the Hoffer Street home about 10 minutes later.
Dixon's mother told police that she briefly spoke with him and prayed with him before telling him he should leave. He then asked her for water and something to eat, and as she was in the kitchen preparing him food, he went to her daughter's room and shot her multiple times, the declaration alleges.
Dixon's mother heard gunshots and her daughter screaming, then saw Kenny walking out with a handgun while telling her "move Mom, move,'' according to the document.
Sanchez, who was in another part of the home, walked out of a bedroom to see what was happening and was shot, according to the declaration. Police arrived to find Sanchez suffering from "major wounds'' but awake and on his knees. He was able to identify Kenny as the alleged shooter, the declaration says.
A GoFundMe page has been established to help raise funds for Dixon's funeral costs. The page indicates that she was a nursing student and was on track to graduate in a few months. Anyone who wishes to contribute can click here.