Murder trial underway for Yakima man accused of shooting woman in the neck

Murder trial underway for Yakima man accused of shooting woman in the neck

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. -- The murder trial is underway for a Yakima man who prosecutors said shot a woman in the neck last year.

It's been more than a year since 47-year-old Anna Hargett was shot dead after an argument in January 2016 - a drug deal gone wrong, according to prosecutors.

The man accused of pulling the trigger is 37-year-old Ricardo Dimas. He appeared in Superior Court on Monday as jurors heard from several witnesses.

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Hargett was killed outside a home in the alley of the 1100 block of Roosevelt Avenue. She died of a single gunshot wound to the lower neck.

Another woman standing nearby was also hit in the neck by the same bullet as it exited Hargett's body. The victim, 42-year-old Leticia Diaz, was among the witnesses who testified.

A forensic pathologist who performed Hargett's autopsy and responding police officers also took the stand.

"[The bullet] lacerated a major artery - an artery that feeds the right side of her head and her entire right arm," said forensic pathologist Jeffery Reynolds. "That artery is about the diameter of my little finger, so it carries a lot of blood."

"I got back to my patrol car and quickly backed up and went north down [Oregon Avenue], and I stopped a little bit north of the alley but by that time it had already been relayed to me that we had two victims here," said Yakima Police Department Sergeant Ryan Wisner, who responded to a call of shots fired.

A friend of Dimas also testified and said she was among a group that was getting high on meth inside Hargett's home. She said one person purchased heroin from Hargett and felt scammed by the price. She said that's when Dimas and others showed up and things turned deadly.

Dimas's trial will continue the rest of this week. He is charged with second-degree murder and first-degree assault.

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