LANCASTER – A 20-year-old homeless man accused of fatally stabbing another man after a 5-year-old boy’s birthday party has been ordered to stand trial on a charge of second-degree murder. Eric Hernandez is charged in the April 16 slaying of 25-year-old Salvador Santos, who was killed after he asked a group of suspected gang members to stop smoking marijuana at the Palmdale party. Hernandez was bound over for trial following a preliminary hearing Tuesday on one count of murder and an allegation that a knife was used, prosecutors said. He remained in custody in lieu of $980,000 bail. Investigators said Hernandez was one of several men believed to be gang members and associates who were invited to the party by someone in the birthday boy’s family. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Officials said several suspected gang members were smoking marijuana in the front yard of the Fifth Street East home when Santos asked them not to use drugs at the house – particularly during the boy’s birthday party. It is unknown if Hernandez was one of the men smoking marijuana at the time. Several hours after the initial confrontation, Santos confronted the group again, and the argument escalated into a fight. Others at the party tried to restrain the men when they began exchanging blows. While Santos was being held back, a man investigators believe to be Hernandez approached him and stabbed him nearly a dozen times, detectives said. The assailant got in a car and drove away. Santos was rushed to Antelope Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead soon after arrival. Hernandez was arrested several weeks later after he was seen driving away from his mother’s house on Third Street East in Lancaster, deputies said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!