Hearing Rescheduled For Man In Fatal Shooting

Jesus Farias Charged With 1st-Degree Murder In Death Of Antonio Vargas

A preliminary hearing was rescheduled Tuesday to Dec. 7 for a parolee accused of gunning down an acquaintance in the victim's National City apartment.

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The hearing will determine if there's enough evidence to order Jesus Farias, 30, to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge in the slaying of 56-year-old Antonio Vargas.

Vargas, a self-employed auto mechanic, was found dead of a single bullet wound to the upper body in his rental residence in the 2000 block of F Avenue about 4 p.m. on June 27.

National City police quickly identified Farias as the alleged killer but declined to disclose a motive for the slaying.

On June 29, SWAT officers helped serve an arrest warrant on Farias at a home on Pomo Street in Ventura. During the raid, Farias was shot by a SWAT officer, though it was unclear what prompted the gunfire.

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