Charges dropped against driver in fatal shooting

Friday, January 6, 2012 | 7:45 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Charges against one of the two men charged in a fatal shooting in Jefferson City have been dismissed.

Twenty-three-year-old Rafel Fuentes, of California, Mo., had been charged with second-degree murder and hindering prosecution in the Dec. 18, 2011 death of Francisco Navarro at a Jefferson City mobile home park.

Prosecutor Mark Richardson said Thursday the charges against Fuentes were dropped because evidence in the case showed that a single shooter acted alone in the death.

Authorities say Navarro was shot after getting out of a pickup truck to intervene in a fight.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports ( that 22-year-old Jose Hurtado, also of California, is charged with second-degree murder. He remains in the Cole County Jail on a $500,000 bond.




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