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23 year-old Francisco Javier Resendiz Miranda was booked into the Umatilla County Jail on charges of kidnapping and criminal conspiracy. 23 year-old Francisco Javier Resendiz Miranda was booked into the Umatilla County Jail on charges of kidnapping and criminal conspiracy.
More details are coming to light in the case of a triple homicide that happened off of Nine Canyon Road in southern Benton County. More details are coming to light in the case of a triple homicide that happened off of Nine Canyon Road in southern Benton County.
Cristian Hurtado was recently booked into the Umatilla County Jail. Miranda told officers Hurtado was with his group the night before the victims' bodies were found. Cristian Hurtado was recently booked into the Umatilla County Jail. Miranda told officers Hurtado was with his group the night before the victims' bodies were found.

UPDATE: KENNEWICK, Wash. - A 23-year-old Umatilla man pleaded not guilty to three counts of aggravated first-degree murder Tuesday morning.

Francisco Miranda-Resendiz is accused of killing three people on a Benton County farm, off of Nine Canyon Road, in August 2014.

The victims include 22-year-old David Perez Saucedo, 19-year-old Victoria Torres and 23-year-old Abigial Torres-Renteria. 

Torres-Remteria was almost nine-months pregnant at the time of the murder. As a result, Miranda-Resendiz is also charged with an aggravated circumstance. 

"The appellate courts in the state of Washington have ruled, and the legislature's law is that you can't file a charge for a baby that has not been born yet," explained Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller. "I know that is bothering some people, and that's why we have some representatives like Brad Klippert that are looking at changing the law."

Prosecutor Miller said the state charged Miranda-Resendiz with the maximum penalty under state law. 

His trial is set for March 7th.

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PREVIOUS COVERAGE: KENNEWICK, WA - A Umatilla man will appear in front of a Benton County judge this week to face three charges of 1st degree murder. 23 year-old Francisco Miranda-Resendiz was booked in the Benton County Jail on Friday. Miranda-Resendiz is accused of killing David Perez-Saucedo, Victoria Torres and Abigail Torres-Renteria whose bodies were found on a farm off Nine Canyon Road in Benton County last August.

Miranda-Resendiz has been in a Umatilla jail for the last five months while authorities waited for extradition papers to go through. Torres-Renteria was almost nine months pregnant at the time of her death.

KENNEWICK, WA- A suspect in August's triple homicide case in Benton County has plead guilty to some unrelated charges in Oregon.

Court documents show that 23-year-old Francisco Miranda-Resendiz accepted a plea deal in a Umatilla County courtroom on Monday.

That case had to be dealt with before Miranda-Resendiz could be moved across state borders to face murder charges in Washington.

Benton County Sheriff's Sergeant Kevin McCary said it should only be a couple of days until Miranda-Resendiz arrives in Benton County to face murder charges. He is accused of killing 22-year-old David Perez Saucedo.

McCary said the paperwork is all filed and once Miranda-Resendiz is in custody in Benton County, they can look into the murders of the other victims. Those other victims are 19-year-old Victoria Torres and 23-year-old Abigial Torres-Renteria.

BENTON COUNTY, WA. - NBC Right Now has uncovered more charges filed against Francisco Sesendiz Miranda,      the man who admitted to officers that he was with Abigail Torres, 23, Victoria Torres, 19, and David Perez Saucedo, 23, the night before their bodies were found at a Benton County farm.

Court documents show that same night before the murders Resendiz allegedly attempted to assault a man in Umatilla using a knife. These unrelated charges include attempted assault, unlawful use of a weapon, and menacing.



UMATILLA, Ore.
– Another man mentioned in court documents who reportedly was with the victims the night before their murders was recently arrested in Oregon.


Cristian R. Hurtado was booked into the Umatilla County Jail for failing to appear in court. 
In June Hurtado faced over 50 charges that included aggravated theft, identity theft and forgery. When he didn't appear in court on July 7th a judge issued a warrant for his arrest and that is what has placed him behind bars currently according to documents we requested from the Umatilla County circuit court.

23 year-old Francisco J. Resendiz Miranda was arrested previously for kidnapping and conspiracy to kidnap charges. Miranda told officers that Hurtado was with him when he asked now deceased 23 year-old David Perez Saucedo to “go drinking” the night before Saucedo, 19 year-old Victoria Torres and 23 year-old Abigail Torres and her unborn baby were found dead in a farm field in Benton County. 

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BENTON COUNTY, WA. - More details are coming to light in the case of a triple homicide that happened off of Nine Canyon Road in southern Benton County.

Court documents show a Umatilla man was booked into the Umatilla County Jail on charges of kidnapping and criminal conspiracy. We now know that on August 8th that man, 23 year-old Francisco Javier Resendiz Miranda along with a group of people picked up the victims in the homicide case before midnight in Umatilla at the Pick a Pop store on 6th Street.

The documents also reveal that a surveillance video shows one person in this group appeared to be armed. The papers show that Miranda admitted to talking David Perez Saucedo into going drinking. The next morning is when the victims bodies were found in a farm field in Benton County, WA.

All of these new details come from the Oregon Judicial Department and the court records they could offer us. The Benton County Sheriff's Office has not released any new details since a news conference Tuesday. They say this is to preserve their investigation.

"There's a lot of different aspects to it, a lot that the public doesn't know and we just can't release right now. I can tell you the Benton County Sheriff's Office is the primary investigating agency on it and we are working with other law enforcement agencies," said Lieutenant Charles Jones of the Benton County Sheriff's Office.

At this point the Benton County Sheriff's Office believes any new details about this case released to the public could compromise much of their work to track down the suspects. NBC Right Now will continue to update you on this case as that information is available. 

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