Murder Suspect Charged Again for Same Crime
Yakima, WA - Wednesday, October 10th
More developments in a local murder case -- and a big break for Yakima Police over the weekend.
A witness was spotted at The Central Washington State Fair and arrested on an unrelated charge.
Now murder suspect David Infante is back in jail.
Just a few months ago -- prosecutors were forced to drop the case against him.
15-year-old Mario Rosales was killed in a gang related shooting outside an apartment complex on 7th Street and Arlington in East Yakima on New Year's Eve, 2005.
Police say a key witness was with Infante on that night, but disappeared months later.
"Well, I was coming back from my shop and right over there, I noticed there were two or three officers with guns drawn," says Doug Sharp, a maintenance worker at Maple Leaf Townhouses on North 2nd Street.
Yakima Police arrested Infante yesterday.
Doug Smart says he had been staying there with his girlfriend.
"He wasn't supposed to be living there," says Smart, "His girlfriend lived there. He had been sliding in and out."
Lieutenant Mike Merriman says the big break in the case came last week. That's when a juvenile probation officer spotted 18-year-old Adrian Covarrubias at the Central Washington State Fair. Officers arrested him over the weekend for misdemeanor drug possession.
"We had been working with info for sometime that he was not in the area," says Lt. Merriman.
Prosecutors say Covarrubias is the key witness in the murder case against David Infante. Charges originally had to be dismissed when Covarrubias couldn't be found.
"He drove the vehicle that left the scene," says Tamara Taylor, Sr. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney at the Yakima Prosecutor's Office, "He pointed out the location for officers of the murder weapon."
Taylor says Covarrubias has been served with a material witness warrant and moved to the Yakima County Jail.
"He was a wonderful. He was only 15-years-old." says Tammy Martinez in a tearful interview with KNDO-TV days after the murder happened.
Now, more than two and a half years later, prosecutors get a second chance to try David Infante for the Rosales murder.
The trial for Infante is scheduled to start on October 29th.
Prosecutors say he is also facing an unrelated assault charge for pointing a gun at two people back in March.