On May 8, officers found an unconscious female, officials with the San Diego Police Department said.
Officers tried to wake the woman up, but she remained unresponsive. Paramedics arrived at the scene and were “unable to determine why the woman was unresponsive,” officials said.
The woman was transported to a local hospital and doctors determined she had been shot several times with a pellet gun and her wounds were “non-survivable,” according to authorities.
The victim, later identified as 68-year-old Annette Pershal, died three days later on May 11.
Detectives determined Pershal was most likely homeless, and the medical examiner concluded her death was a homicide on July 31, officials said.
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Police identified two suspects in the case and arrested 19-year-old Ryan Hopkins and 18-year-old William Innes.
Innes reportedly sent a group text that read: “I’m going hobo hunting with a gun.”
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Pershall suffered wounds to the head, torso and leg. Investigators were able to locate an air rifle in Innes’ home, KNSD reported.
Both men were booked into the San Diego County Jail. Innes was charged with first-degree murder, possession of an assault weapon and two counts of failure to embed steel in a firearm. Hopkins was charged with assault with a deadly weapon that is not a firearm, officials said.
Innes and Hopkins both pleaded not guilty and are being held without bail, according to KNSD.
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