Tucson man faced weapons charge week before arrest for wife’s homicide

Published: Nov. 28, 2016 at 8:22 PM MST|Updated: Nov. 28, 2016 at 10:16 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - King Yates has been charged for the death of his wife, which occurred less than a week after he was indicted for possessing a firearm as a felon.

King was indicted on Nov. 15 for an incident on or about Nov. 7, according to Pima County Superior Court documents.

Yates' wife, Cassandra Yates, was shot and killed Sunday, Nov. 20, at an apartment complex on Tanque Verde Road, just west of Pantano Road, according to a release from Tucson Police Department.

The next day officers arrested Yates nearby without a problem, according to the release.

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In court Monday, Nov. 28, for the weapons charge, Yates told the judge that his full name, King Nathaniel Raffael Yates, was misspelled on the court document and it was possible that police had the wrong guy.

The judge told Yates it was likely a typo.

Yates has been in and out the courtroom for several years, according to paperwork from Superior Court.

He was sentenced to jail time and community service for drug charges in May 2012. Court records show he violated probation twice, which included harassing phone calls.

Yates was told to get his GED, stay away from medical marijuana and complete anger management counseling.

Arizona Department of Corrections released Yates on Nov. 24, 2013, according to court documents.

Less than a year later he was arrested near 22nd Street and I-10 for drug charges. Court records show that prosecutors pushed for a higher bond at the time of his arrest because of a history of violent behavior, drug use and a prior conviction.

Yates was released in September 2016 when he was found not guilty.

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