Man accused in August killing of woman has been arraigned

Following months of delays, the man accused of murdering a young woman in Claremont this summer has been arraigned.

Jeffrey Calzada, 25, was arraigned November 1 on one count of murder, and has a pre-preliminary hearing scheduled for December 13 in Dept. F of Pomona Superior Court.

Calzada is accused of murdering a 20-year-old woman the morning of August 12 in Claremont. However, he was arrested after police responding to a 911 call discovered the victim inside a white, late model Hyundai Elantra parked outside Murrieta City Hall.

“Officers from the Murrieta Police Department and paramedics from Murrieta Fire and Rescue responded and found a female suffering from a traumatic injury in a vehicle in the parking lot of Murrieta City Hall, next to the police station,” according to a news release in August CPD.

Paramedics began life saving measures, but the woman, whose identity has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Calzada was detained at the scene by police and later arrested. Following an investigation, he was charged with murder on August 16. He is being held in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Inmate Reception Center in Los Angeles in lieu of $2 million bail.

Claremont police said they will not release any additional information about the case and directed all media inquiries to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office.

A D.A. representative, Matthew Krasnowski, provided Calzada’s court dates but offered no further information about the case.

“I don’t have additional details at this time,” Krasnowski said. “I’d check with Claremont PD.”

It is unknown how Calzada and the victim ended up in Murrieta, what was the cause of death and if there was a weapon involved.

Police have not released the victim’s name, but they did confirm she was 20 years old and did not live in Claremont at the time of her death. Multiple public social media posts have indicated she was a 2020 Claremont High School graduate.

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