Archive for Thursday, April 13, 2006

Another court appearance for Espinales

April 13, 2006

Hinndley Espinales, the Gardner man accused in the March 4 murder of Alvin Sanchez of Olathe while both me were attending a Baldwin City party, made his second appearance Friday in court.

Espinales, 25, appeared before District Court Judge Jack Murphy, who set his next hearing for 9 a.m., Tuesday, June 27.

"That's the date of the preliminary hearing," said Baldwin Police Chief Mike McKenna. "Don't be surprised if that changes. The defense could ask for a continuance and the prosecution could ask for a continuance."

Police have said Sanchez, 27, was shot in the head and torso following an argument during a birthday party at 109 Hillside Drive at 2:15 a.m.

Police said Espinales and Sanchez had an altercation, but it cooled off. Then, police say, Espinales left the house, went to a vehicle, returned with a 9mm handgun and shot Sanchez.

Espinales then took off, causing a multi-state search. He was arrested in southern Oklahoma at around 11 a.m. that same day and was returned to Kansas several days later to face first-degree murder charges.

Espinales remains in Douglas County Jail on $1 million bond, McKenna said.

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