Crime

2 charged in connection to fatal shooting, stabbing in Tacoma

Pierce County prosecutors charged a man and a woman Thursday in connection with a fight that left two men dead in Tacoma earlier this week.

Ronny Daniel Fernandez, 21, and Marcia Judith Ugalde, 18, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder at arraignment. Court Commissioner Meagan Foley set bail at $1 million for each.

Three others arrested — a 17-year-old girl and 16- and 17-year-old boys — are expected to be charged as adults Friday (July 27). State laws requires 16- and 17-year-olds charged with murder to be tried in adult court.

Tacoma police booked a sixth person into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm Thursday evening, records show. Police believe the man left the area where the others were arrested before officers found them, spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

Several people called police after hearing gunshots about 8 p.m. Tuesday in the 4400 block of Portland Avenue. Officers arrived to find 30-year-old Francisco Beiza fatally shot.

Soon after, 23-year-old Joshua Youell was dropped off at Allenmore Hospital with a stab wound to his chest. He died in surgery.

According to charging papers:

Beiza had reportedly owed Youell money, and Youell felt disrespected after they spoke on the phone Thursday.

Ugalde drove Youell and the rest of the group to find Beiza. A scuffle broke out between the two men and Youell was stabbed.

Surveillance video isn’t entirely clear, but Fernandez and two other passengers apparently got out of Ugalde’s SUV and the two passengers shot Beiza as he tried to run away.

Police found a knife and 22 shell casings near his body.

Ugalde drove Youell to the hospital, accompanied by Fernandez and others.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell
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