VISTA — The man arrested in Indiana four days after the March 25 murder of an Oceanside man outside of a Carlsbad bar must stand trial on a murder charges, a judge ruled Oct. 12.
During a preliminary hearing at the Vista Courthouse, San Diego County Superior Court Judge Runston Maino found enough evidence for Juan Alberto Rocha to stand trial Nov. 30.
Detectives had identified Rocha, 20, as a suspect in the attack that killed Devin Allen, 27, based on evidence at the scene and witness statements.
Rocha was arrested on March 29 at a bus station in Indianapolis, Ind., after fleeing the state.
He was booked into a jail in Indiana on a murder charge and also charged with assisting a street gang to commit a felony.
Rocha allegedly attacked Allen as Allen walked to his car near Harding Street and Carol Place outside of Hensley’s Flying Elephant Pub & Grill, just before 10:30 p.m. that Friday night.
Allen was found with at least one stab wound, and he was “out by the street,” when police arrived at 3800 block of Harding Street, according to Sgt. Mickey Williams of the Carlsbad Police Department.
He was airlifted to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, and pronounced dead an hour after the attack.
Williams said no motive has been disclosed.