Closing arguments begin in Orozco double-murder trail


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    Lawyers gave closing arguments Wednesday in the trial of Hector Orozco Jr.

    In today’s closing arguments, the prosecution used surveillance video which tracks Orozco and the witnesses around Pasco the night of the first murder.

    According to an expert witness detectives found Ross's DNA on Orozco's pants.

    Orozco is charged with two counts of murder.

    One for 39-year-old Demetrius Graves. He was found dead in Pasco on Feburary 14, 2018 near 6th Avenue and W. Clark St.

    According to court documents Shego Gagow, who called 9-1-1 after Graves was killed, says he heard the sound of Graves being hit in the back of the head. Then moments later he sees Graves on the ground with Orozco over him.

    According to court documents an autopsy performed on February 15, 2018 revealed that Grave’s head had been struck several times and he had stab wounds in his chest.

    Gagow said he heard Graves yelling “What did I do, what did I do,” according to court documents.

    Gagow ran away and later called 9-1-1, according to court documents.

    Detectives determined Orozco to be a potential suspect in the case.

    According to court documents detectives watched Orozco drive a car to the Pasco Rodeway Inn that was registered to 82-year-old Bonnie Ross.

    On February 15, 2018 Detectives visited Ross’s home to ask who she loaned her car to, according to court documents. They knocked on the door several times and there was no answer.

    The next day, police received a call saying Ross was found dead.

    Several officers responded to the scene and concluded Ross was beaten to death, according to court documents. Investigators also found Ross’s purse laying on the counter. According to court documents it looked like it had been rummaged through.

    Later examination of Ross’s body found she had two stab wounds in her back, according to court documents.

    Investigators found a to-do list of Ross’s that had Fiesta Foods to buy groceries at the top, according to court documents. When officers executed a search warrant on the car they found bags of groceries in the back. According to court documents, investigators strongly believed that Orozco ambushed Ross when she got home from grocery shopping.

    Orozco is accused of one count of murder in the second degree, one count of murder in the first degree, one count of attempted murder in the first degree, two counts of assault in the fourth degree, one count of unlawful imprisonment, one count of violation of a no contact order, one count of driving while license suspended or revoked in the third degree and one count of operating a vehicle without ignition interlock.

    The jury is set to deliberate. We will continue to follow this story and report on the verdict.

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