Update on Christal Figueroa murder; 5 facing charges


Update on Christal Figueroa murder; 5 facing charges

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YUMA, Ariz. (KSWT News 13) - Police arrested a second man wanted in connection to the murder of 29-year-old Christal Figueroa.

Police in San Luis say 20-year-old Jorge Rios led them on a high-speed chase Saturday as he tried to get away.

Rios, who was driving a stolen Jeep, crashed into a wall.

That's when police arrested him and turned him over to Yuma police.

While formal charges have yet to be filed, police say Rios is tied to the murder of Christal Figueroa. 

The mother of three suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

On March 22, police found her body dumped in a citrus grove just south of Yuma near County 17th Street and Avenue 2E.

So far police have charged 30-year-old Jose Jimenez with two counts of first degree murder.

Police say Jimenez is Figueroa's ex-boyfriend.

A Yuma judge set Jimenez's cash only bond at $2,000,000. 

Now to recap the murder investigation: It all began on the morning of March 22 when a black Cadillac Escalade slammed into a parked car near downtown Yuma.

It happened at around 7:50 a.m., and led to police placing a lockdown on Fourth Avenue Junior High School and several other nearby schools.

At least five passengers took off running from the scene of the hit-and-run.

Police later found weapons thrown close to nearby businesses.



Police arrested one man, but released him after questioning.

Later that same day, Figueroa's body was found in the groves.

So far, four people have been charged with trying to cover up Figueroa's murder--some of whom were in the black Escalade that morning and tried to get away.

Today, 36-year-old Jeffrey Miller made another court appearance.

Miller was arrested last Wednesday for lying to investigators and for attempting to get rid of evidence linked to Jimenez, who is accused of murdering Figueroa.

Miller's bond is also cash only and has been set at $185,000.

Two brothers, Daniel and Jose Torres, also face charges for hindering prosecution.

Police arrested the brothers, who are both 22 years old, after deputies found Jimenez hiding behind a shower curtain inside of their home. 

And a fourth person, 24-year-old Brandi Michalski, also faces charges with hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence.

She was originally charged with Figueroa's murder until Jimenez became detectives' prime suspect.

According to prosecutors, Michalski was caught on video surveillance stashing the weapons used in Figueroa's murder.




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