A suspect in the death of a 19-year-old in a 2016 drive-by shooting is being held on
$1 million bail.
Yakima County Superior Court Judge Richard Bartheld ordered Damian Iniguez held in the county jail, and approved appointing a public defender to represent him.
Iniguez only spoke to answer Bartheld’s questions during the Thursday afternoon hearing.
Prosecutors say Antonio Manuel Esteban-Olguin was walking with others in the 200 block of South 17th Avenue on April 10, 2016, when he was shot in the neck by one of the occupants of a passing car.
Iniguez was identified as the driver, while Angel Oliveras was named as the shooter, according to court records. Authorities say the suspects and Esteban-Olguin were members of rival gangs.
Oliveras was arrested shortly afterward in Arizona, but charges against him were dismissed without prejudice after a key witness backed out. Prosecutors retained the option to refile the charges if they find additional evidence.
Iniguez was arrested Wednesday afternoon after members of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offenders Task Force saw him leaving a Kateenah Way apartment and getting into the passenger side of a car driven by a family member, according to the U.S. Marshal’s Service. He was arrested without incident.
His arraignment is scheduled for May 23.