An alleged gang member from Banning was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of killing an 18-year-old Desert Hot Springs woman, whose body was found along a road on the Morongo Indian Reservation two months ago.
Gary Lyons, 19, was charged with murder, including special allegations of using a handgun and lying in wait. The charges make him eligible for the death penalty.
On Aug. 4, Lyons allegedly killed Sylvia Olmos, who was found shot "execution" style, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. Lyons appeared in Riverside County Superior Court on Wednesday, but his scheduled arraignment was delayed until later this month.
A sheriff's spokesman said DNA evidence obtained during the two-month investigation led to Lyons' arrest. Police suspect that others participated in the slaying, and more arrests are expected, Sgt. Earl Quinata said.