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Teen fatally shot friend, then went out to eat before setting body on fire in backyard, witness testifies

October 16, 2010 | 10:19 am

A witness told a Riverside County jury on Friday that the suspect in the slaying of a 17-year-old boy fatally shot the victim, then went out for hamburgers and gasoline before coming back home and setting his friend on fire.

Jose Campos, 18, is charged with murder and is facing trial for the 2009 slaying of Adrian Rios.

Rios was last seen Nov. 15, when he went to watch a San Diego Chargers football game at Campos' house in Hemet. That night, neighbors reported smelling a fire burning in the backyard. Hemet police executed a search warrant on the property two days later and found a shallow grave and burned body parts that were later identified as Rios' remains.

Ivan Ruiz, another teen who was at the home that day, testified Friday that Campos shot Rios with a rifle during an argument, then went to McDonald's and got gasoline before returning home and burning their friend's body, according to a report in the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

The paper said that Campos' attorneys raised questions about Ruiz's credibility. He recently pleaded guilty to one count of being an accessory to murder, the paper said.

-- Shelby Grad


 

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