Double Murder Result of Cocaine Deal
New details are released in court about a double murder in December. KMTV Action 3 News has learned the suspects planned to rob three men of drugs, and it was allegedly supposed to be a triple murder.Photo: Video by kmtv.com
New details are released in court about a double murder in December. KMTV Action 3 News has learned the suspects planned to rob three men of drugs, and it was allegedly supposed to be a triple murder. Prosecutors say at least one of the suspects worked for the victim, and both men knew him.
Authorities say...Bernardo “Nando” Noriega and another man were supposed to bring one kilo of cocaine to Carlos Morales at his shop, the Genuine Autobody Shop near 40th & Lake St. on December 2nd. Terrell Newman and Derrick Stricklin were with Morales when they arrived. Once they saw the coke, Stricklin and Newman allegedly pulled guns, tied all 3 of the victim's hands behind their back, and put plastic bags over their heads. They then shot Morales and Noriega in the back of the head. Noriega's wife of many years says it was difficult to hear that the men pleaded for their lives.
"I heard it was a robbery and drug issue but I wasn't aware of that. No matter what the problem is they didn't deserve to die over that," said Noriega’s wife, Maria Carreno.
The third man, who we won't name for his safety, was also bound and bagged. He somehow got away and identified the suspects. Prosecutors believe Stricklin and Newman shot twice at his head, but missed. They left thinking he was dead.
"He did have a wound on his head, a graze, or a marking on his head,” Deputy Douglas County Attorney Brenda Beadle explained. "He's clearly traumatized by this I’ve met with him a couple of times."
Carreno says the circumstances and loss have been extremely difficult on her and her daughters, but she is thankful the witness was able to get away alive.
"Otherwise they would still be out there,” Carreno described. "I just want them to stay in jail, stay there until Jesus calls them. They have to pay for what they did."
Prosecutors say Stricklin worked for Morales painting vehicles.
Both Derrick Stricklin and Terrell Newman are being held without bond at the Douglas County Jail. A judge saw enough evidence, so their cases were bound over to Douglas County District Court.