A transient accused of fatally stabbing a man after they got into an argument near a 7-Eleven store in Poway pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.
Kevin Miles Talbott, 30, was ordered held on $3 million bail.
Sheriff’s deputies responding to a reported assault in the 13000 block of Pomerado Road found 29-year-old Zubayr Phahez of Poway, the manager of the store, mortally wounded in his vehicle shortly after 1:30 a.m. last Sunday.
Deputy District Attorney Laura Evans said the victim was stabbed multiple times in the head and neck and died at a hospital.
Deputies searching the neighborhood found Talbott and took him into custody. He faces 26 years to life in prison if convicted.
A readiness conference was set for Feb. 20 and a preliminary hearing for March 13.
—City News Service
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