A change of plea/trial setting case for one of three defendants in the July 2018 robbery and killing of a taxi driver picking up a customer in Somerton was delayed again in Yuma County Superior Court Thursday.
Judge Roger Nelson granted the request and continued the hearing until Oct. 31.
Hailey Dawn Hoover, 18, is one of the three teenagers charged in connection to the shooting death of cab driver Guillermo Sotelo, 55, of San Luis Rio Colorado, Son., Mexico.
Seventeen years old at the time of the shooting, Hoover has been charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy, theft of means of transportation, and armed robbery in the case.
She has pleaded not guilty to the charges and remains in custody at the Yuma County jail on a $500,000 cash-only bond.
Sotelo, who was a driver for Crazy 8’s Taxi Company, was reported missing early in the morning of July 30 to the Yuma Police Department. He was believed to have been en route to Somerton to pick up a passenger.
His body was found the next day, lying a short distance off U.S. 95 near milepost 16, shot at least once. The taxi, which had a flat tire, was found at about 7:10 p.m. on Aug. 7 in an alley near 28th Street and Avenue A in Yuma.
Somerton police reported that they discovered information leading to the identification of two suspects, Hoover and 16-year-old Tyrus Nathan Twist. They were taken into custody a few days later after a short pursuit by Somerton and Cocopah Police Departments into Somerton.
Twist’s next case status conference is scheduled for Oct. 21 at 8:30 a.m., according to Superior Court records.
Phone records helped authorities connect a third teenager, Jada Rose Herrera, to the case. She was jailed in September 2018, charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery. She turned 18 last month, at which point authorities released her name and booking photo.
Her next scheduled court date is Dec. 3, according to online county jail records. She is being held in lieu of $1 million cash bond.
The defendants are accused of killing Sotelo and robbing him of $30. The decision to try all three as adults was made before any of them turned 18.