The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office has charged Darrin Edward McDuffey (Age 31 of Victorville) with attempted murder and criminal threats.


On Sunday, May 10, 2020, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department responded to a residence in the 11000 block of Third Avenue in regards to a 911 call. During an investigation, the deputies arrested Darrin Edward McDuffey.

After reviewing the case, our office has filed one count for violation of the following section of the California Penal Code, against McDuffey:

Penal Code Section 664/187 – Attempted Murder
(a) Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being, or a fetus, with malice aforethought.
(b) This section shall not apply to any person who commits an act that results in the death of a fetus if any of the following apply:
(1) The act complied with the Therapeutic Abortion Act, Article 2 (commencing with Section 123400) of Chapter 2 of Part 2 of Division 106 of the Health and Safety Code.
(2) The act was committed by a holder of a physician’s and surgeon’s certificate, as defined in the Business and Professions Code, in a case where, to a medical certainty, the result of childbirth would be death of the mother of the fetus or where her death from childbirth, although not medically certain, would be substantially certain or more likely than not.
(3) The act was solicited, aided, abetted, or consented to by the mother of the fetus.
(c) Subdivision (b) shall not be construed to prohibit the prosecution of any person under any other provision of law.

Additionally, our office has filed two counts for violation of the following section of the California Penal Code, against McDuffey:

Penal Code Section 422(a)
Any person who willfully threatens to commit a crime which will result in death or great bodily injury to another person, with the specific intent that the statement, made verbally, in writing, or by means of an electronic communication device, is to be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out, which, on its face and under the circumstances in which it is made, is so unequivocal, unconditional, immediate, and specific as to convey to the person threatened, a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat, and thereby causes that person reasonably to be in sustained fear for his or her own safety or for his or her immediate family’s safety, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed one year, or by imprisonment in the state prison.


DA Case Number: 2020-00-0024300
Court Case Number: FVI20001036
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