Seventh man charged in mistaken-ID murder

Staff writerMarch 26, 2014 

A 31-year-old Tacoma man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges he participated in a murder plot that targeted one man but ended in the death of another two years ago.

Fidel Gaytan-Gutierrez is charged with one count each of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Jaime Diaz-Solis.

Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Gaytan-Gutierrez jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Diaz-Solis was shot to death Nov. 12, 2012 in a Lakewood apartment.

Prosecutors contend Gaytan-Gutierrez and six other men conspired to kill Diaz-Solis' roommate and cousin, a man they saw as a rival drug dealer. One of them shot Diaz-Solis instead after encountering him in the apartment, according to court documents.

Detectives interviewed Gaytan-Gutierrez about the case in June. He admitted being present when the hit was discussed but denied going to Diaz-Solis' apartment, court records show.

In November 2013, one of his co-defendants was arrested and charged.

That man told police Gaytan-Gutierrez helped plan the original hit and accompanied several other co-conspirators to the apartment the day Diaz-Solis was gunned down, court records show.





The News Tribune is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service