Truck driver charged with second degree murder in death of DPS officer
WELLTON, AZ - The truck driver arrested in the death of the DPS Officer Tim Huffman now faces second degree murder charges.
A Yuma County judge also ordered 33-year old Jorge Espinoza to turn in his passport.
Espinoza remains a free man after posting a $200,000 bail on Saturday. The judge does not consider him a flight risk.
During his court appearance Espinoza wore interpreting headphones because he does not speak much English.
The 33-year old has been charged with 19 felony counts including second degree murder in the death of DPS officer Tim Huffman.
Police say Espinoza ignored flashing lights and crashed into Huffman's parked patrol car while he was investigating a collision on Interstate-8 last week.
Huffman, a 14-year veteran, died at the scene.
Today in court, prosecutor Roger Nelson spoke on behalf of the state of Arizona.
He said, "When he was originally arrested he was arrested on manslaughter charges. Now the charges are second degree murder. The state is not seeking to increase the bond, but the state would like him to be ordered not to leave the country and to surrender his passport if he has one. I think that would be reasonable restrictions."
Judge Russ Jones ordered Espinoza to turn in his passport.
YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – A man is facing first degree murder charges in connection to a San Luis stabbing that left one man dead and another wounded. Salvador Sigala, accused of stabbing a 25-year-oldMore >>
A man is facing first degree murder charges in connection to a San Luis stabbing that left one man dead and another wounded.More >>
Former Cocopah police chief James Spurgeon will not face charges for shooting and killing 25-year-old josh collins. Police say Spurgeon acted in self defense. The deadly shooting happened on SaturdayMore >>
Police say Spurgeon acted in self defense. The deadly shooting happened on Saturday October 26th. More >>
BLYTHE, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Blythe Station found multiple weapons during a traffic stop. Agents pulled over a 2013 Ford Taurus near Blythe, Calif., and got consent to search theMore >>
U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Blythe Station found multiple weapons during a traffic stop.More >>
EL CENTRO, CALIF. (13 On Your Side) - Officials have released some of the names of the people arrested during Wednesday's massive drug trafficking bust in Imperial Valley. But as we previously reported,More >>
Officials have released some of the names of the people arrested during Wednesday's massive drug trafficking bust in Imperial Valley.More >>
MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Detectives with the Arizona Department of Public Safety say they have uncovered an ecstasy manufacturing operation inside a student apartment at Arizona State University. The bust stemsMore >>
Detectives found 30 pounds of product used to make ecstasy pills in the apartment along with thousands of pills and a motorized pill press.More >>
TEMECULA, Calif. (AP) - A Riverside County father and teen daughter have each been placed on four years' probation after pleading guilty to charges in a vigilante attack on a man the girl had accused ofMore >>
The girl claimed Cruz raped her in November 2012 after she passed out after drinking alcohol at his home.More >>
YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – In a massive drug sting aimed at one of the most powerful Mexican drug cartels, the Imperial Valley Narcotics Task force arrested ten drug smugglers trafficking meth andMore >>
In a massive drug sting aimed at one of the most powerful Mexican drug cartels, the Imperial Valley Narcotics Task force arrested ten drug smugglers trafficking meth and cocaine across the border from Mexicali.More >>
By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) - Officials were engaged Thursday in the delicate task of recovering a stolen shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60 abandoned in a rural fieldMore >>
"It's a family that found the container and carried it back to their house," Jimenez told Milenio television. "For the sole fact that they were a certain distance from the source, we are keeping this family under medical observation ... to determine how much they were affected by the radiation."More >>