Teen pleads guilty in fatal shooting of Tucson High grad

Teen pleads guilty in fatal shooting of Tucson High grad
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) - The young suspect accused of killing a Tucson High student the day after graduation had reached a plea deal in the case.

Rene Manuel Yanez, 15, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree murder on Wednesday, March 4.

He had been facing a first-degree murder charge for the fatal shooting of Julian Zepeda on May 24, 2019.

Yanez has a motion hearing March 30 and will be sentenced May 4.

Zepeda was shot and killed the day after he 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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