The next pretrial hearing for Anthony Antwon Mobley, who is charged in last year's shooting death of a San Luis, Ariz., man, has been scheduled for Aug. 22.
During that hearing, the trial judge, Superior Court Judge John Nelson, is expected to hear oral arguments on several pretrial motions from the defense on the admissibility of evidence and other preliminary matters and issue his rulings.
Attorney Kristi Riggins, who represents Mobley, informed the court she intended to file two motions to suppress evidence based on false statements that were made and several others to make specific other pieces of evidence inadmissible or not be referred to or offered at trial.
“I'm anticipating it will take a couple of hours of the court's time,” Riggins said. “I think we should set aside a day.”
Nelson also asked the prosecution and defense if they were still on track to begin the trial, which is scheduled for Aug. 27 and expected to last nine days.
Riggins said she believed so, and that she and the prosecution have been working together to retain that date. However, some of the witnesses, she added, still need to be interviewed before some of the motions can be filed, but that she expects them to be completed by next week.
With that said, Nelson ordered that defense was to file its motions by July 26, with the prosecution having until Aug. 12 to file its responses to them. Prosecutor Steve Kiholm of the Yuma County Attorney's Office added that he did not anticipate the state would be filing any motions.
Mobley, 29, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder and seven counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the Feb. 26, 2012, shooting death of Jose Ahumada. Ahumada's body was found shortly after midnight in a parking lot on Main Street in San Luis, just a few blocks north of the border.
He was extradited to Yuma County in July 2012 after his arrest in March in Memphis, Tenn., on unrelated drug charges. Mobley, who had been living in San Luis for nearly two years, is believed to have taken a bus from San Diego to Tennessee in the days following the murder.
Witnesses told police Ahumada was shot as he passed by or tried to intervene as an unidentified gunman was threatening another man in the parking lot.
While en route from Memphis to his native state of South Carolina, Mobley was arrested on Yuma County warrants charging him with aggravated assault on a minor and sexual abuse of a minor. San Luis police said at the time they planned to pursue additional charges against him in connection with the slaying of Ahumada.
Ahumada was shot once in the chest and a bullet casing was found near his body. Using surveillance video, police tracked down the car believed to have been used by the killer. The owner of the car, who was dating Mobley, admitted that she loaned him her car the night of the murder.
Mobley was offered a plea agreement in February that called for him to be sentenced to a statutory life sentence in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years.