Chicago man pleads not guilty for I-90 murder

Trial date set for April 26
Chicago man pleads not guilty for I-90 murder

Manuel Argomaniz-Camargo pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the beating death of Ana Veronica Montelongo Garcia along Interstate 90 near Ritzville earlier this month.

Argomaniz-Camargo appeared in an Adams County courtroom Tuesday afternoon to enter his plea for the murder of Montelongo Garcia, whose naked and battered body was found alongside an abandoned SUV on the shoulder of the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 in the early morning hours of March 1. A screwdriver was found in her chest.

Argomaniz-Camargo was found a short time after the discovery of Montelongo Garcia, walking alongside the shoulder of the freeway with his three-year-old son, and was taken into custody.

According to court documents, Argomaniz-Camargo previously admitted using meth and cocaine while driving across the country from Chicago, with the intent to sell a pound of crystal meth in Washington State.

During the hearing Tuesday afternoon his trial date was set for April 26. Argomaniz-Camargo remains in custody in the Adams County Jail on a $2 million bond.