A 54-year-old man, who was beaten into a coma during an alleged hate-crime attack, died Thursday as a result of his injuries, according to Rialto police.
Armando Barron was left paralyzed and comatose due to a brain injury after being repeatedly beaten in the head with an aluminum baseball bat in what Rialto police called an “unprovoked encounter.”
He was pronounced dead Thursday at 11:20 a.m. at Arrow Head Regional Medical Center, police said.
Barron’s alleged attacker, 22-year-old Jeremiah Bell, was arraigned Thursday and pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted, willful, deliberate and premeditated murder, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office announced in its Twitter page.
Bell also denied in court that the crime was racially motivated as alleged in the sentencing enhancement charged by the prosecutor.
Any further legal proceedings were suspended until June 9 to give a court-appointed psychiatrist time to evaluate Bell’s mental competence, the judge ruled.