Judge delays Spokane trial for 2011 murder until 2014




Posted on October 16, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 6:00 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A Spokane trial for a 2011 murder was pushed back even further. Kimberly Schmidt was found dead on New Year’s Day 2012. Her killer was set to face a jury in a matter of days, but on Wednesday lawyers fought to delay the trial again.
Daniel Arteaga was arrested in August of 2012 for the 2011 New Year’s Eve murder of  Schmidt.

On Wednesday, Arteaga’s attorneys fought to delay the trial. A judge granted their request which delayed the trial for a second time. A new trial date was set for April 14, 2014.

Defense lawyers told the judge that still have a ways to go in proving Arteaga did not shoot Schmidt with her own gun. The gun used was a pistol Arteaga bough for her according to court records.
Yet, detectives stated that boxes and bags of evidence support their case against the suspect. 

Major Crimes detectives said Arteaga shot his former girlfriend to death over money he allegedly owed Schmidt.  Schmidt was found dead in her North Spokane County home on New Year's Day 2012 by her mother. 

Court documents said Arteaga drugged his girlfriend of six years with Advil P.M. before shooting her in the head.  Detectives later said Arteaga's DNA was found on a sock used to cover the murder weapon.  They also found books about forensics in Arteaga’s home.

Court documents also said Schmidt was ending a sexual relationship with Arteaga before she was killed and that he owed her money. She had the titles to his two trucks.   At the same time, text messages revealed a rekindled relationship with the father of Schmidt’s daughter, Joseph Regalado. Schmidt was suppose to celebrate the New Year with Regalado, but never made it.

Arteaga had also been listed as a co-defendant with Schmidt in a civil lawsuit involving scuba diving instruction. The pair was accused of negligence in a diving accident.