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San Bernardino man pleads not guilty to murder charges in Banning deaths of ex-girlfriend, family member

BANNING — A man who was on the lam for a month after he allegedly opened fire inside his ex-girlfriend’s Banning home, fatally injuring her and her stepfather, pleaded not guilty Friday to double murder charges.
Police arrested Kris Kenny, 44, who Banning police say fatally shot a woman and fatally wounded a man on Dec. 29 in Banning. (Courtesy Banning Police)
Kris Kenny , 44, of San Bernardino, is accused of shooting 37-year-old Shanetta Dixon and Francisco Sanchez on Dec. 29. Dixon was pronounced dead at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital in Banning, and Sanchez died after being hospitalized for several weeks in a medically induced coma.
Kenny was arrested in Rialto on Jan. 30 by a U.S. marshals’ task force after making an unsuccessful attempt to flee, which triggered a chase and search of the surrounding area, according to Banning police. Authorities caught up with him somewhere on Eucalyptus Avenue, jail records show.
Prosecutors charged Kenny last month with one count each of murder and attempted murder , but the complaint was amended following Sanchez’s death. He also faces sentence-enhancing allegations of lying in wait and committing multiple murders, which could make him eligible for the death penalty if convicted. A decision on whether to pursue capital punishment is pending.
Kenny, who’s being held without bail, is slated to return to court April 13 for a felony settlement conference.
Kenny and Dixon dated for five years before their relationship ended about six months prior to the shooting, according to an arrest warrant declaration prepared by a Banning police detective.
Just before 8 p.m. Dec. 29, he called Dixon’s mother and requested to speak with her daughter because he said “he found out he had cancer and it had spread to both of his lungs, and he wanted to let Dixon know,” according to the declaration, which says he showed up at the victims’ home on Easter Hoffer Street about 10 minutes later.
Dixon’s mother told police that she briefly spoke with him and prayed with him before telling him he should leave. He then asked her for water and something to eat, and as she was in the kitchen preparing him food, he went to her daughter’s room and shot her multiple times, the declaration alleges.
Dixon’s mother heard gunshots and her daughter screaming, then saw Kenny walking out with a handgun while telling her “move Mom, move,” according to the document.
Sanchez, who was in another part of the home, walked out of a bedroom to see what was happening and was shot, according to the declaration. Police arrived to find Sanchez suffering from “major wounds” but awake and on his knees. He was able to identify Kenny as the alleged shooter, the declaration says.
A GoFundMe page has been established to help raise funds for Dixon’s family. The page indicates that she was a nursing student and was on track to graduate in a few months.
Anyone who wishes to contribute can visit .
A GoFundMe page has been established to help raise funds for the family of Shanetta Dixon, who along with her stepfather was fatally attacked in Banning in December. Image courtesy
Services for Sanchez are slated for 10 a.m. Saturday morning at This Rock International Ministries, 1760 Chicago Avenue, in Riverside.

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