The Adams County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Francisco A. Rizo Friday, in connection with the murder of two individuals in an Orchard near Work Bench Road on July 10. Rizo, 31, is a resident of Connell.
The arrest was made, without incident, in Connell with the assistance of the Connell Police Department.
The two victims were identified as 39-year-old Juan Luis Rizo-Torres, of Othello and 29-year-old Ruben Gonzales Navarrete, also of Othello.
There was a verbal and physical confrontation between the victims and another orchard worker. The suspect Rizo found out about the altercation and went to the orchard. Rizo confronted the two victims and shot both with a small caliber handgun. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office has not recovered the handgun.
Rizo fled the scene after the incident. The Chevrolet Suburban that Rizo was driving was also located in Connell and is in the custody of the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.
Rizo was booked into the Adams County Jail and will be charged with two counts of Murder in the First Degree.
An autopsy will be conducted on the two victims July 12 in Moses Lake.