A man charged in the killing of Delano grape grower Jakov Dulcich was ordered held on $2 million bail Tuesday as his arraignment was postponed to next week.
Mariano Fernandez Perez, 24, is charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, shooting at an occupied motor vehicle and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was arrested by deputies from the Lamont substation during a traffic stop on Saturday.
Dulcich, 84, was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the area of Woollomes Avenue and South Browning Road, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Deputies said Dulcich's SUV and the suspect vehicle had been traveling on South Browning Road when an occupant of the suspect vehicle fired into the SUV, which continued south on Browning and crashed into another vehicle.
The suspect vehicle drove to the scene of the crash and one of its occupants got into a physical altercation with the driver of the third vehicle, according to deputies. At least one round was fired at the third vehicle's driver, but he wasn't hit.
Deputies have said there is at least one other suspect.
Dulcich is the founder of Dulcich & Sons, a farming company known for its grapes.