Three indicted by grand jury in Figueroa murder

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Three indicted by grand jury in Figueroa murder

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(13 On Your Side) – Three people have been indicted by a grand jury in the murder of Christal Figueroa.

Police say the 29-year-old's body was dumped in the orange groves just south of Yuma after she was kidnapped and shot to death last month.

Police first charged Jose Jimenez with two counts of first degree murder.

We have now learned that 22-year-old Andres Galindo (a.k.a "Demon") and 24-year-old Brandi Michalski will also face two counts of first degree murder each.

The grand jury says both took part in kidnapping the mother of three, killing her, and then dumping her body in the groves.

Figueroa's murder investigation started on March 22.

As 13 On Your Side reported, a black Cadillac Escalade slammed into a parked car near downtown Yuma at around 7:50 a.m.

At least five passengers took off running from the scene.

Officers arrested 22-year-old Andres Galindo as he tried jumping the schoolyard fence at Fourth Avenue Middle School.

Police ordered the school—along with three other schools nearby—to be put under lockdown as a precaution.

Police say they found weapons thrown nearby as the five people scattered in different directions.

They also found key evidence in the black Escalade that morning.

But it wasn't until later that same day that Figueroa's body was found in the citrus grove near County 17th Street and Avenue 2E.

Police say she was shot multiple times.

That same day, police questioned Michalski for her connection to the hit-and-run crash but released her pending an investigation.

A few days later, police arrested Michalski again. But this time, she was charged in connection to Figueroa's murder and jailed.

For the next several days, police continued searching for other suspects.

On Sunday, March 31, police arrested 31-year-old Jose Jimenez, the prime suspect.

Jimenez, who is also known as "Rascal," was charged with two counts of first degree murder.

Michalski's charges were reduced to hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence for lying to police about Jimenez's whereabouts during an interview.

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

Police also arrested 22-year-old brothers Daniel and Jose Torres for hindering prosecution.

The Torres brothers hid Jimenez inside of their home, where police eventually found him hiding behind a shower curtain.

On April 3, a sixth person was arrested in connection to Figueroa's murder.

Police say Jeffrey Miller, 36, also lied to investigators and got rid of evidence linking Jimenez to Figueroa's murder.

Then last Saturday, San Luis police arrested Jorge Rios, also known as "Pelon," who was wanted in the murder. Rios led police on a high-speed chase and then crashed a stolen Jeep he was driving into a wall.

The 20-year-old was turned over to Yuma police for questioning but has not been charged with Figueroa's murder. Instead, Rios faces felony charges in San Luis for evading officers and stealing a car.

Today, 13 On Your Side learned a grand jury charged Jimenez, Galindo and Michalski with two counts of first degree murder each.

As of right now, police have not revealed to the media if they are looking for more suspects in connection to Figueroa's murder. We'll continue following this complex murder case for you and bring you the very latest as it becomes available.

 

 

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