Hearing continued for woman facing charges in Figueroa killing
Friday’s hearing in Yuma County Superior Court for Brandi Michalski, 24, who has been charged in connection to the March 22 killing of 28-year-old Christal Figueroa, was continued until next week.
During a very brief hearing Michalski’s attorney, Terri Capozzi, requested the continuance saying she had been in contact with prosecutors about a matter in the case and they both agreed they needed another week to resolve it. She did not mention what the matter was.
Superior Court Judge John Nelson granted Capozzi’s request, scheduling the next court date, which will be a status hearing, for 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 11.
Michalski, who was arrested on March 26, has been charged with one count of premeditated first-degree murder for the actual killing and one count of felony first-degree murder for committing the murder during a kidnapping. She remains in custody at the Yuma County jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond.
She also still faces charges of hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence, which stem from a hit-and-run accident that happened at approximately 7:50 a.m. in the vicinity of 1st Street and Madison Avenue on the morning of the murder.
Figueroa’s body was found at approximately 11:07 a.m. March 22 in a citrus grove near County 17th Street and Avenue 2E. The mother of three had been shot 16 times with three different weapons. Yuma police say Michalski and Figueroa had been friends until recently.
While searching for the suspects in the hit-and-run, one of them was observed running across 4th Avenue and jumping the fence into Fourth Avenue Junior High School. He was later apprehended on the campus of Roosevelt Elementary School. He is being held on a $75,000 bond.
Michalski is allegedly seen on security camera footage disposing of the rifle used in the murder in a trash can behind a downtown business. She is also believed to have lied to police about another suspect’s whereabouts during two separate interviews.