Jury Returns Murder Guilty Verdict

Release date: 01/04/2010
Sponsored by: District Attorney Department, Criminal Prosecution Division

On December 16, 2009 a Washington County Circuit Court jury unanimously convicted Delfino Hurtado-Navarette, 37, for killing his 40 year old girlfriend Juana Rosales-Garcia.  He was also convicted of Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Abuse of a Corpse for using a utility knife to slit her throat after beating her and then dumping her body in a wooded area near North Plains.  Jurors rejected defense attorney arguments that the charge should be reduced to manslaughter because the defendant acted under an extreme emotional disturbance at the time of the killing. 

Hurtado-Navarette will be sentence on January 11, 2010 by Judge Rick Knapp.  Defendant faces a mandatory Ballot Measure 11 sentence of 25 years.  He also has a federal immigration hold.  Chief Deputy DA Robert Bletko and Deputy Bik-Na Han prosecuted the case.  Public Defenders Chris Colburn and Conor Huseby represented the defendant.