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Motion filed to send alleged rec center shooter home pending trial
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Motion filed to send alleged rec center shooter home pending trial

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The alleged Sunnyside recreation center shooter is hoping to go home while he awaits his trial for first-degree murder, according to Coconino County Superior Court documents.

Fernando Enriquez, 15,  is accused of shooting and killing Jacob M. Allen, 20, during a drug deal at Hal Jensen Rec Center on March 3.

Enriquez’s lawyer, Albert G. Freeman, requested that Division 1 Judge Jacqueline Hatch reconsider the conditions of release so that the defendant can await trial at his parents’ house.

Freeman requested that the $2 million bond set for Enriquez’s release be lowered “to a reasonable figure that his family can afford,” or that he be released to pretrial services.

The motion states that Enriquez should be released because he has no prior criminal record, is a minor who has lived in Flagstaff all of his life and therefore is in no danger of being a flight risk.

However, Enriquez had been in trouble in middle school for smoking marijuana in the bathroom, according to statements made by his mother in a Flagstaff Police report.

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Enriquez then attended Summit High School, an alternative school, but was not enrolled in school at the time of his arrest according to Flagstaff Unified School District.

Enriquez is a minor, but is being charged as an adult with one felony count of first-degree murder, two felony counts of armed robbery and one misdemeanor count of attempted possession of marijuana.

Freeman wrote that Enriquez would consent to electronic monitoring if his motion for release was granted.

A hearing date for the motion has not been set.

Enriquez has been in Coconino County Detention Facility since his arrest in March after he met the victim Allen and his friend Nicholas Tyler Woods at a prearranged time in the rec center bathroom to buy marijuana.

According to documents filed by the County Attorney’s office, Enriquez then allegedly robbed both Allen and Woods with his handgun, shooting and killing Allen in the process.

Allen was also armed and shot Enriquez once between his stomach and chest during a brief firefight. Enriquez was arrested at Flagstaff Medical Center after he recovered from his gunshot wound.

A pretrial hearing is set for May 23.


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