Defendants’ trial reset in Sunnyside shooting case

Couple to go to trial in February next year

Two suspects accused of the shooting death of a man formerly from Sunnyside appeared in court last week.

Amber N. Marquez, 24, of Wapato, has been charged with first-degree murder. She was in court Wednesday for an omnibus hearing, and Friday was a bail motion hearing.

Her trial date has been postponed twice, and is now set for Feb. 12, 2018. An Oct. 10 status conference will take place before another omnibus and trial confirmation.

Her co-defendant, Ivan Venegas Madrid, 22, of Union Gap was charged with first-degree murder, eluding and second-degree driving while license suspended.

He will appear in court on the same dates, but his October hearing is a motion hearing.

Their victim is Luis M. Ramirez Gonzalez, 24, according to court documents.

Ramirez Gonzalez man was shot and killed April 8, 2016 at Airline Market, 1002 W. Washington Ave. in Union Gap, documents show.

Madrid was recorded shooting Ramirez Gonzalez in the head on surveillance cameras, according to documents. The victim’s girlfriend, 35-year-old Michelle Prado of Yakima, witnessed the shooting, according to documents.

Madrid and Marquez left the scene after the shooting, documents said.

After another witness followed the vehicle and kept police updated on its location, a Union Gap patrol officer followed the car, documents show.

The officer attempted a traffic stop, but the Kia did not stop. It began to increase in speed, according to documents.

A pursuit ensued and the officer followed the vehicle on several streets before the driver of the Kia stopped suddenly at the intersection of Main and Short streets. The driver of the Kia was Madrid. He got out of the car and was taken into custody, documents show.

Witnesses to the shooting identified Madrid as the suspect police were looking for in Ramirez Gonzalez’s death investigation.

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