Man indicted on murder charges in June shooting

A 34-year-old man has been indicted on murder charges for the fatal shooting death of another man after an argument in June, prosecutors said Friday.

Authorities say Brian Beltran shot Kenneth Mallet, 23, in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 7100 block of Smoke Ranch Road near Tenaya Way. Beltran was ordered held without bail by Judge Linda Bell.

Prosecutor Michael Schwartzer said there were two eye witnesses to the shooting and another witness who saw Beltran and Mallet arguing. The witnesses described how Beltran shot Mallet, then walked over to him and stood over his body before shooting him a couple of more times, Schwartzer said.

After the shooting Beltran fled to Fresno, Calif., where a SWAT team was needed to apprehend him after a standoff with police, Schwartzer said.

Beltran, who authorities believe has gang ties, has a lengthy criminal history, including possession of a firearm by an ex-felon.

Contact reporter Francis McCabe at fmccabe@review journal.com or 702-380-1039.


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