Archive for Monday, March 6, 2006

Espinales faces murder charge in shooting death

March 6, 2006

Hinndley Espinales will make his first court appearance today in Oklahoma where he will be charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of 27-year-old Alvin M. Sanchez Saturday in Baldwin City.

Espinales, a 25-year-old Gardner man, is accused of shooting Sanchez at least three times with a 9 mm handgun at 109 Hillside Dr. at around 2:15 a.m. Saturday. The Johnson County men were attending a birthday party in Baldwin when an argument turned to violence. Sanchez died around 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the University of Kansas Medical Center where he had been taken by air ambulance.

"A warrant was obtained and he's charged with first-degree murder," said Police Chief Mike McKenna Monday morning about Espinales. "Bond has been set at a half-million dollars. I would think he'll be arraigned this afternoon in Oklahoma."

Espinales was arrested around 11 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 35 near Davis, Okla., by Oklahoma State Police.

McKenna said reports will be completed and sent to District Attorney Charles Branson regarding the murder investigation.

"For our department, it will be compiling our reports to present to the district attorney, " he said of the next step. "A lot of that will depend on what happens this afternoon when he's asked if he wants to waive extradition to Kansas or he says no and wants to stay in Oklahoma."

The Signal will continue to update the story online and a complete story will be in this week's issue along with pictures from the crime scene.

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