Rudy Quinata found guilty of the murder of former Humatak mayor

Rudy Quinata was found guilty of the murder of former Humatak mayor on Apr. 14, 2022. (Photo by Media Pool)

Today, a jury found Rudy Quinata guilty of the murder of the former Humatak mayor Daniel Sanchez.

In his closing remark, about two weeks ago, Prosecuting Attorney Leonardo Ropadas highlighted how a minor who lived next door to Quinata heard him yelling during the night of the incident.

The late mayor was also found locked from the outside of Quinata’s residence.

Meanwhile, Defense Attorney Pete Santos continued to push that Joyner Sked was the one who ultimately murdered the late mayor, going as far as to call her a “psycho.”

He argued that detectives and officers that were assigned to this case had “tunnel vision.” According to Santos, GPD made their own theories and conducted their investigation around those theories, instead of conducting their investigation neutrally.

The jury found Quinata guilty of murder, but could not reach a decision relative to the charge of aggravated assault and the special allegation of possession or use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.

Rapadas stated they intend to pursue those charges in a different trial.

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