Two suspects arrested in connection to The Hop murder



Posted on September 11, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 12 at 6:53 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane Police Major Crimes Detectives arrested two suspects in connection to the shooting death of a man at The Hop.

Kalen Bedford, 23, and Carlos Fuentes, 25, were both arrested Wednesday night and were charged with 1st degree murder. Bedford and Fuentes are both accused in connection to the shooting death of Julian Morrison on September 8 at The Hop on Monroe Street.

“Both suspects are well known to police and have extensive criminal records,” said Police Lt. Mark Griffiths. “They're both gang members and dangerous people.”

Bail for both men was set at $1,000,000 Thursday.

Kalen Bedford had been accused in a murder before.   In 2011, Bedford was charged in the shooting death of Jose Solis at a Quality Inn.  Bedford accepted a plea deal and was convicted of assault in that case. He also was convicted of a cocaine distribution charge.  At a hearing Thursday, prosecutors also said Bedford had been homeless for a month.

Fuentes' record included robbery and drug charges.

Police detectives said both Bedford and Fuentes fired their weapons when Julian Morrison was killed.  Investigators also believe the murder was gang related.

A man who claimed to be a friend of both suspects, though, did not believe gang ties had anything to do with the murder.

“Not to my knowledge,” Cash Jackson replied when asked if Bedford and Fuentes were gang members.  “Only if being a family guy and having kids is being in a gang.”

Bedford was arrested Wednesday evening in North Spokane. Fuentes was also arrested in Southeast Spokane.  Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives executed three search warrants related to the homicide investigation at locations on the 500 block of East Providence, the 4400 block of East 5th, and the 1400 block of East Hartson.  Bedford was taken into custody without incident at the East Providence address.  Fuentes was arrested without incident at the East Hartson address.

Spokane Police are still looking for information on just what happened the night of the shooting.  Call 1-800-242-TIPS if you have information for investigators.