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Judge issues arrest warrant for material witness in murder trial

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Pasco, WA- A Franklin County judge has issued an arrest warrant for the former girlfriend of a man about to stand trial for murder.

Prosecutors say they believe Diane Garcia has left the state to avoid testifying in the trial of Vicente Ruiz.

Ruiz is accused of gunning down five men in a Pasco auto body shop 23 years ago.

Defense attorneys say Garcia may be visiting her son in California before he's deployed overseas.

Superior Court Judge Cameron Mitchell says he'll withdraw the warrant if Garcia voluntarily appears in court when testimony begins.

Meanwhile, prosecutors and defense attorneys continue interviewing prospective jurors and could select the panel as early as tomorrow.

 

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