Police implicate convicted felon in 2013 Spokane Murder

Police implicate convicted felon in 2013 Spokane Murder

Spokane County prosecutors will consider murder charges against a convicted felon, stemming from a shooting at a north Spokane bar.

Julian Morrison was shot and killed outside The Hop on North Monroe on September 8, 2013. Witnesses a at the time described the shooting as a disagreement between rival gangs. The victim, Morrison, is described in court documents as being part of the “Murder One Crips” and the suspect of the shooting, Carlos Fuentes, was said to be part of the “Deuce Ave Crips.”

According to court documents, confidential informants provided information about the shooting to police. A witness identified one of the shooters as Carlos Fuentes; another witness said Stafone Fuentes was with Carlos Fuentes at the club that night.

Another man told police he received a call that night from Stafone Fuentes, who told him he “smoked” a guy; the witness took that to mean Fuentes shot and killed someone. That witness said Stafone Fuentes came to his house later that night and still had the gun with him. That man said he drove Fuentes to the Harvard Bridge in Liberty Lake where he said Fuentes broke the gun in two pieces and threw it off the bridge.

In 2015, a man was swimming in the river near the bridge and found a semi-automatic pistol. He turned it over to police. The gun was traced back to a woman who was reportedly with Fuentes the night of the shooting.

Court documents filed Tuesday in Spokane Superior Court show that police believe there’s enough probable cause to charge Stafone Fuentes with First Degree Murder. He’ll appear in court Thursday afternoon.

Fuentes has a lengthy history of violence in Spokane.

In February 2015, he was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison for his role in a major drug trafficking operation.

He was charged with attempted murder for a shooting outside the Knitting Factory in Spokane in February 2013.

In 2011, he was charged with killing an aspiring rapper at the Quality Inn. A jury found him not guilty.