CALDWELL — A 58-year-old man suspected of shooting and killing a 45-year-old man at close range received a $1 million bond for his charge.
Rene Jaramillo Navarrete was arrested Friday on suspicion of second-degree murder. He is accused of shooting and killing 45-year-old Fortino Quebrado Antunez.
Authorities have released few details about what led up to the shooting and death, but Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue said Friday the two men were reportedly arguing before the shooting. Wilder Police and the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched around 9 a.m. to an onion field near the intersection of Upper Pleasant Ridge Road and Beet Road. The victim died at the scene.
According to a probable cause affidavit released by the Canyon County Prosecutor's Office, Navarrete told police he and Antunez had a disagreement that morning and claimed that Antunez was threatening to fight him.
According to county prosecutors, the shooting happened at close range in front of family members. A family member of Antunez's reported the shooting to police, according to the affidavit.
Navarrete reportedly had a semi-automatic pistol in his vehicle when he was arrested. According to the affidavit, he told deputies in an interview that he always carries the gun on his person for self defense.
Navarrete's defense attorney said Monday during her client's first court appearance that he was carrying a gun because his son was murdered at the age of 12 in 2008 and it was a way to protect himself. Navarrete moved to the United States in 1985 and has lived in Idaho since 2006, his defense attorney said.
According to the suspect's interview with deputies, Antunez approached Navarrete and made him fear for his life. He claimed he did not know he hit the man with any rounds, the affidavit states.
Navarrete reportedly fled the scene, and Nampa Police found him driving on Greenhurst Road about an hour later with a large amount of cash, according to prosecutors. The affidavit states Navarrete said he left the scene to cash some checks to leave money with another family member before he turned himself in to law enforcement. Prosecutors voiced concerns Monday at Navarrete's first court appearance that he would try to flee the state.
Navarrete’s defense attorney said the case could likely be one of self defense. The victim, she claimed, had been pursuing Navarrete that day and in the past.
Judge James Schiller noted that the probable cause affidavit said Navarrete allegedly continued to "pump bullets" into the victim's body as the victim was lying on the ground. Schiller ordered a $1 million bond for Navarrete who is in custody at the Canyon County jail.