On Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 4:16 p.m., Morongo deputies and
fire personnel responded to the intersection of North Star Trail and Big
Morongo Canyon Road when a citizen called 911 to report a possible
stabbing. Verbeck was found deceased in
the roadway from apparent stab wounds.
A second citizen told deputies he saw a man in bloody clothing
nearby, and directed them to Leyburn’s residence. Leyburn was in his yard and attempted to flee
on foot when deputies arrived. Leyburn
resisted arrest, but was taken into custody after a brief struggle.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to
contact the Homicide Detail, Detective Gary Hart, or Sergeant John Gaffney, at
(909) 387-3589. Callers wishing to
remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463)
or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.
Refer: Public Affairs Division
Phone No. (909)