The victim and Simpson had known each other for several weeks, officials said. Fairbank was reported missing March 1 in what friends and family suspected was foul play. He was found dead off a dirt road the next day by friends searching the desert for him, police said. When Mendocino County deputies arrested Simpson, he was inside a home and his 1995 green Ford pickup truck was parked outside, police said. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventHe is in jail in lieu of $1 million bail. Simpson was convicted of residential burglary and arson in 1997 and of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm in 2000, Spielman said. Fairbank, who completed parole six weeks before he was killed, had an adult record of drug and firearm offenses dating back to 1994 in Ventura County, as well as a juvenile record, state records show. Simpson was arrested by Mendocino County sheriff’s deputies outside the city of Ukiah on March 4, four days after Fairbank was killed. California City police said the men were together in Simpson’s vehicle when Simpson shot Fairbank in the back of the head. Simpson dragged the body about 20 feet into the desert and then left, police said. CALIFORNIA CITY – A California City ex-convict accused of killing another ex-convict was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on a charge of murder. Lee Wayne Simpson, 34, is charged with fatally shooting 35-year-old Daryth Fairbank in February in the desert northeast of the city’s airport. Kern County Deputy District Attorney Scott Spielman declined to comment on a motive for the shooting. At the conclusion of a preliminary court hearing in Bakersfield, Simpson was bound over for trial on charges of murder and being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm.