Charges filed against man in at­tempted homi­cide case

Yuma Sun - - OPINION - BY BLAKE HER­ZOG @BLAKEHERZOG

The sus­pect in an at­tempted homi­cide re­ported over the week­end ap­peared in Yuma County Jus­tice Court Tues­day, where six charges were filed in what’s now be­ing con­sid­ered a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent.

Randy Munoz of Yuma ap­peared be­fore Jus­tice of the Peace Gre­gory Ste­wart, where the six charges he is fac­ing were read to him: two for at­tempted first­de­gree homi­cide, two for ag­gra­vated as­sault-do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, and two for ag­gra­vated as­sault.

Dur­ing the hear­ing Munoz’s age was stated as 23, but the ini­tial press re­lease about the in­ci­dent from the Yuma County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said he is 29.

Ste­wart or­dered him to be held on $250,000 bail, agree­ing with the Yuma County At­tor­ney’s Of­fice’s rec­om­men­da­tion. “I’m com­fort­able with that,” he said.

Munoz’s next court ap­pear­ance was set for 4 p.m. Dec. 12.

Deputy county pub­lic de­fender Cyn­thia Brubaker, rep­re­sent­ing Munoz, said he “adamantly de­nies all of the charges,” and re­quested he be re­leased on his own re­cog­ni­zance or be given a low bond, em­pha­siz­ing his young age and lack of any prior crim­i­nal record.

She said Munoz has chil­dren to care for, and noted that prose­cu­tors stated their rec­om­men­da­tion was due to the se­ri­ous­ness of the charges, but said many ag­gra­vated as­sault sus­pects are re­leased.

“If ev­ery­one who had a se­ri­ous charge against them was held while the case was in process, then every­body would be in jail.”

The sus­pect’s brother, Guillermo Munoz, spoke in sup­port of him. “He takes care of his kids, he takes care of every­body in the fam­ily and we need him at home,” Guillermo Munoz said. He also made state­ments about the case.

Randy Munoz only spoke once, re­ply­ing “yes sir” to Ste­wart af­ter the judge read the con­di­tions of his re­lease, if the bond amount can be paid.

Ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff’s of­fice, the in­ci­dent oc­curred about 11 a.m. Satur­day in the 10800 block of North Frontage Road, and it was ini­tially de­scribed as a pos­si­ble “road rage” case.

The driver of a white Ford F150 truck had fired mul­ti­ple shots into a Jeep Cherokee, YCSO said. Two vic­tims, a male and a fe­male, had been shot and were taken to Yuma Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, then flown to a Phoenix area hos­pi­tal for treat­ment. Munoz was ar­rested shortly af­ter­ward near his home.

YCSO spokesman Al­fonso Zavala said Tues­day that in­ves­ti­ga­tors later learned Munoz is the ex-boyfriend of the fe­male vic­tim. He said the sher­iff’s of­fice still be­lieves the sus­pect is 29 years old, not 23.

The vic­tims are still be­ing treated at the Phoenix hos­pi­tal for their in­juries, Zavala said.

RANDY MUNOZ

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