C’bad man charged with murdering volunteer trainer

VISTA — A 49-year-old man pleaded not guilty April 15 to charges relating to a shooting at a Vista boxing club.
Mark Anthony Diaz is accused of opening fire on 52-year-old Hector Gil and two other men at Pacific Coast Boxing on North Santa Fe Avenue around 9 p.m. April 7.
Gil died at the scene. Peter Moreno, 56, and Ricardo Gutierrez, 21, were wounded by the gunfire.
Police arrested Diaz the following day in his Carlsbad home. On April 12, prosecutors charged the defendant with making criminal threats toward Gil relating to an April 2 incident. However, after a further investigation, prosecutors charged Diaz two days later with one count each of murder, attempted murder and assault with a semi-automatic firearm relating to the April 6 shooting in addition to the criminal threats charge.
Diaz remains in custody on $10 million bail. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.
A preliminary hearing was set for June 8.


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