Judge delays The Hop shooting trial due to missing witnesses

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 10, 2014 at 7:41 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 10 at 5:21 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The murder trial for a man accused of shooting a rival gang member at a bar in Spokane was delayed Monday. The judge issued a two week delay because multiple witnesses cannot be found.

Carlos Fuentes,  25, and Kalen Bedford, 23, were both arrested in September and charged with 1st degree murder. Bedford and Fuentes were accused in the shooting death of Julian Morrison on September 8 at The Hop on Monroe Street. Charges against Bedford were dismissed in late 2013.

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According to the court documents, witnesses said Fuentes bumped into Morrison at The Hop on September 8.  One witness claimed to have seen Morrison turn and look at Fuentes and stated "murder one."

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The court documents then stated Morrison went outside to smoke not long after Fuentes and his crew left.  A short time later, witnesses said shots were fired.  In February, testimony from a gang expert was ruled inadmissible from the trial.

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