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Yakima man accused of shooting stepfather charged with murder

Jonathan A. Hidalgo

Jonathan A. Hidalgo appears via teleconferencing software in Yakima County Superior Court Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. Hidalgo is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder in the death of his stepfather, Charles Ellis Wade Mills, 45 on Jan. 27, 2021. (Donald W. Meyers/Yakima Herald-Republic)

An 18-year-old Yakima man is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of his stepfather.

Jonathan A. Hidalgo is accused of shooting Charles Ellis Wade Mills, 45, at their home in the 900 block of South 29th Avenue on Jan. 27.

Officers went to the home around 10:45 p.m. after Hidalgo called 911 to report the shooting, according to a probable cause affidavit. Officers said Hidalgo made statements in the call that linked him to the killing, according to court documents.

Mills was pronounced dead at the scene, and an autopsy determined he died from a single shot to the head, Yakima County Coroner Jim Curtice said.

Hidalgo, who has no prior criminal history, is being held at the Yakima County jail in lieu of $1 million bail.

Mills’ death was the second homicide in Yakima this year, and among five in the county.


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