Martess Deshawn Dancy, 30, was in court Thursday morning to be assigned a public defender, according to court records. Dancy pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, shooting into an inhabited dwelling and assault with a semi-automatic weapon on Dec. 21.
The 30-year-old was arrested in Las Vegas on Dec. 11 on a $2 million murder warrant for the 5-year-old case, San Bernardino Police officials said. Records show he was extradited to San Bernardino County on Dec. 19. He is being held at Central Detention Center in San Bernardino.
Dancy is suspected of taking part in a car-to-car shooting on Aug. 2, 2007, which left Darrin Parris, 41, dead, police officials said.
Dancy's brother, Paul, 31, was also in the vehicle and was recently convicted of Parris' murder. Paul Dancy was sentenced to 108 years and four months to life, court documents show.
According to authorities, Parris and Paul Dancy, a known gang member, knew each other and had a tumultuous relationship. Officials say the two had argued a few days prior to the shooting.
That August day more than five years ago, police officials say Parris was driving north in the 1200 block of North Mount Vernon Avenue in San Bernardino, when the Dancys reportedly pulled up alongside Parris and opened fire.
Parris later died at the hospital.
Paul Dancy was found and arrested several months later is Glendale, Ariz.
According to records, it appears Martess Dancy had been living in Las Vegas for some time when he was finally arrested earlier this month.
A search of court records revealed Martess Dancy has an extensive arrest records dating back to 2001 for a variety of offenses including burglary, receiving stolen property, forgery and possession of a check with intent to defraud.
Martess Dancy is scheduled to be back in court on Wednesday.
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