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Arraignment rescheduled in Othello double murder

by CHERYL SCHWEIZER
Staff Writer | February 4, 2021 1:00 AM

RITZVILLE — An Othello man, illegally in the U.S. and charged in the murders of two Othello women, will be arraigned at 11 a.m. Friday in Adams County Superior Court in Ritzville.

Mauricio Nava-Garibay, 28, is charged with first-degree premeditated murder and second-degree murder, without premeditation, both with domestic violence enhancements. He is accused of murdering Dora Elia Martinez, 57, and her daughter Guadalupe Martinez, 30, on the night of Jan. 27 in their home on East Cypress Street in Othello. The bodies were discovered the next morning in Dora Martinez’ car in the 2200 block of West Charla Lane.

Official identification of the victims was announced Wednesday by the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, after an examination by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. The ACSO also announced the arraignment date. It previously was scheduled for Monday.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement lodged an immigration detainer with the jail Friday.