Carbondale murder defendant seeks to suppress evidence |

Carbondale murder defendant seeks to suppress evidence

Ryan Summerlin
Arturo Navarrete-Portillo
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Hearings on pretrial motions in the murder case of Arturo Navarrete-Portillo continued Wednesday with Judge James Boyd hearing arguments on several efforts by the defense to suppress evidence.

Navarrete-Portillo, 46, faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of his wife, Maria Carminda Portillo-Amaya, 30, whom police say he killed with a machete before trying to kill himself in a car crash in February. It was Carbondale’s first homicide in a dozen years.

The defense’s motions to suppress involved evidence from searches of his car and residence, from cell phones and evidence from statements he made to medical personnel and law enforcement. Boyd has yet to make a ruling on these motions.

But he denied a defense motion Wednesday to hold a veracity hearing, in which the defense claims that law enforcement either left out material information or made misleading statements in a warrant.

The judge also granted a continuance of Navarrete-Portillo’s trial, which is now scheduled to begin May 31 and last 10 days.

The motions hearing is also scheduled all day Thursday, and public defender Elise Myer expected it would require at least an additional day after that.

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