Jonathan Michael Hearn at his arraignment in Kern County Superior Court for the alleged murder of Robert Limon. Cops and courts reporter Jason Kotowski says his trial will be one to watch in 2016.

A former Redlands firefighter charged with murder in the shooting death of his alleged lover’s husband is set to go to trial in September, attorneys confirmed during a hearing in Kern County Superior Court Friday.

Jonathan Michael Hearn, 26, has been in custody on $2 million bail since his November 2014 arrest. A pre-trial readiness hearing is scheduled for August, with the trial to begin Sept. 12. 

His attorney, Clayton Campbell, said a lot of work remains to be done in preparation for the trial, which had previously been scheduled for March 28.

He said Hearn is “doing alright” considering the length of time he’s spent in custody.

Hearn is accused of killing the husband of his alleged lover on Aug. 17, 2014. The husband, Robert Limon, 38, was found dead with two gunshot wounds to the head where he worked at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway industrial complex in Tehachapi.

Investigators said in court filings that video surveillance captured Hearn fleeing the scene, and he disposed of evidence that has been recovered. 

Limon’s wife, Sabrina Limon, exchanged thousands of text messages with Hearn prior to the killing, according to court filings. In one message, Hearn told the wife that with her husband out of the picture they could live their lives together.

Sabrina Limon was not charged in the crime. 

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