Tucson teen found competent to stand trial for murder
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A teen accused of killing a Tucson High student the day after graduation has been found competent to stand trial.
Rene Manuel Yanez, 14, was in court Tuesday, Dec. 10 for a competency hearing. Yanez is being tried as an adult and is facing charges of first-degree murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault.
Yanez is being held in the Pima County Jail on a $100,000 bond. His next court appearance is a status conference at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16.
Authorities said Yanez fatally shot Julian Zapeda on May 24, 2019, one day after Zapeda graduated from Tucson High.
Yanez reportedly told a correctional officer he shot someone in the face and had a “beef” with Zepeda.
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