Plea deal reduces Hop murder charge to assault

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 24 at 7:00 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—A plea deal could free a man charged with the deadly shooting at The Hop by summer.

Carlos Fuentes, 25, entered a guilty plea Monday for 2nd Degree Assault. He was originally charged with one count of 1st Degree Murder and 12 counts of assault. Fuentes was accused of shooting a rival gang member at a bar in Spokane.

Fuentes was out of jail Monday and with his family. He spoke with KREM 2 News and remained adamant that he did not shoot the victim.

READ: Judge delays The Hop shooting trial due to missing witnesses

A judge will sentence Fuentes in May 2014 on the assault charge. Officials said Fuentes will likely be sentenced to 12 months. However, with credit for time served, he will likely only serve two or three months.

Officers arrested Fuentes and Kalen Bedford, 23, in September of 2103. They were charged with 1st degree murder. Bedford and Fuentes were accused of fatally shooting Julian Morrison on September 8 at The Hop on Monroe Street. Charges against Bedford were dismissed in late 2013.

Carlos Fuentes’ trial was originally scheduled for early March. However, the judge delayed the trial because multiple witnesses could not be found. 

Spokane police said they are pursuing every lead to find Morrison’s killer.

 

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