An Arroyo Grande man was in court for the first time Thursday since being charged with the murder of a man earlier this week in Grover Beach.
The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office has charged Nicholas Sage Coronado-Waterman, 25, with first-degree murder in connection with the beating of Andres Martinez early Monday morning.
The DA’s Office says the suspect used a rock during the deadly assault, which took place in the parking lot of a strip mall near the intersection of East Grand Avenue and Oak Park Boulevard.
Martinez was located in the parking lot when police arrived on scene. They say he was taken to the hospital where he later died.
Coronado-Waterman did not enter a plea during his arraignment, which was continued to April 2.
He remains behind bars at San Luis Obispo County Jail.
Criminal arraignments are one of the court services still taking place while shelter-at-home orders are in effect.