FROM STAFF REPORTS
A 49-year-old man has been extradited from Salt Lake City, Utah to face murder charges for the May 12 shooting death of a Lucerne Valley man.
On June 5, John Sterling Payton was arrested on a murder warrant for the murder of John Gonzalez, 50. Payton was extradited to California on June 19 and booked into the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.
Payton was arraigned on June 23 and pleaded not guilty to all charges, including special allegations. A pre-preliminary conference is scheduled for July 1.