Tucson teen found competent to stand trial for murder

Tucson teen found competent to stand trial for murder
The Tucson Police Department said Rene Manuel Yanez, 15, fatally shot Julian Zepeda, 18, on May 24. (Source: Tucson Police Department)

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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