Court documents: Alleged drug lord paid $400 for killing outside Family Dollar
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) —
New court documents give insight into a deadly shooting that happened outside the Family Dollar store on Union Avenue last month.
Carlos Munoz, 41, was shot on June 3. Police said when they arrived, Munoz was on the ground and was shot in the upper torso. He later died at the hospital.
Investigators were able to identify the three suspects who were involved in the shooting as 33-year-old Jose Zambrano, 28-year-old Juan Rubio-Lopez and 35-year-old Jose Urenda.
One June 14, officers were able to detain Zambrano and Rubio-Lopez. On June 15. officers responded to a residence on Snyder Lane and found Urenda. Reports show he ran into the backyard of the house and was hiding behind a couch. Officers took him into custody with the use of a police K-9.
All three are currently in jail for murder, conspiracy and solicitation to commit murder.
This murder happened at the same time as a federal investigation of a drug trafficking ring. Zambrano is being accused of being the ringleader.
Documents reveal an unnamed witness shared information with investigators about the shooting. According to the witness, Zambrano paid someone to kill Munoz because he had robbed or threatened to rob him, and thought he may do it again.
The witness said the day after the shooting, he went to Zambrano's residence.
Documents state the witness said Urenda and Zambrano got into a fight over money. The witness said Urenda was asking for more money.
According to the witness, after Urenda left the residence, Zambrano told him, "It's too expensive. The next time I need to do something, I'll do it myself."
Reports show the alleged drug lord was upset about the cost and "inconvenience of having Urenda kill the victim for him."
The witness told detectives Zambrano told him he paid Urenda about $400 to kill Munoz, but he was asking for more money to buy "clothes, hotel rooms, and other expenses."
When detectives interviewed Urenda, they asked why he and Zambrano were arguing over money the day after the homicide. Urenda said he owed Zambrano money for drugs.
According to reports, Zambrano said "he lost his job and could not pay Zambrano."
Urenda told detectives he worked for Zambrano to pay off his $500 narcotics debt.
Reports show he told investigators that he knows "a little" about what happened the day of the murder, but "did not want to cooperate out of fear."
Urenda also told detectives he did not know what happened and did not know the victim.
Zambrano, Rubio-Lopez and Urenda are due back in court on Aug. 3.
They are each being held on $5 million bail.