During a hearing Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Brandon Kinsey reaffirmed the July 31 trial date for a Somerton man charged with murder per domestic violence for allegedly shooting and killing his ex-wife.
Attorney Eugene Marquez of the Yuma County Public Defender's Office, who represents Oscar Quintero, explained that he was asking for a continuance while he waits for the final report from a court-appointed psychiatrist. The evaluation's goal was to determine Quintero's mental state at the time he allegedly committed the offense.
Marquez went on to say that the evaluation on his client, who has a history of mental illness, has been conducted and that he expects to receive the results within the next two to three weeks.
Quintero has been charged with first-degree murder per domestic violence, attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and one count of aggravated assault in the death of 24-year-old Clarissa Medina of Somerton.
A previous psychiatrist recommended in his final report to the court that while Quintero is competent to stand trial, there were still some concerns that need to be addressed.
Kinsey, after hearing no opposition from the prosecution, granted Marquez's request for another continuance, scheduling the neat hearing in the case for 8:30 a.m. on April 16.
He added that, for the time being, he wanted to keep the start of the trial set for July, but would vacate it if necessary based on the outcome of the evaluation into Quintero's mental state.
Somerton police say that on Jan. 4, 2018, Quintero had been waiting for Medina and approached her as 22-year-old Hugo Ponce Verdugo of San Luis, Ariz., was walking her to her car on Main Street. Quintero allegedly shot at her several times with a .40-caliber handgun as she was trying to run away from him.
One of the bullets struck Medina, who fell to the ground. Quintero then allegedly accused Ponce of ruining his marriage and shot him once in the face. He then reportedly went back over to where Medina was lying on the ground and shot her twice more in the back.
After that, he allegedly returned to Ponce, pointed the gun at him and said, “I’m going to let you live.”