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Second degree murder trial date set for suspect charged with stabbing death

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Sunnyside's Lola Serl cleaned out the change container in her vehicle last Friday and donated the money to Sunnyside Fire Department volunteer Carol Hazzard, who was helping the department with its annual MDA "Fill the Boot" drive. The department collected $2,764.63 for Jerry's Kids, said Josh Roe, coordinator for the drive. "We did better than last year," Roe said of the fund-raiser. He said 19 volunteers took turns standing at the intersection of South Seventh Street and East Edison Avenue to stop motorists for donations.

Rene J. Ramos, 32, will face a felony charge of murder in the second degree in Yakima County Superior Court when his case goes to trial on Aug. 29.

Charges stem from the July 3 death of Idise Irene Holland, 73, of Mt. Vernon, who was found stabbed to death in a Sunnyside motel.

According to the Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney's office, murder II carries a maximum life imprisonment term and is a class A felony charge given in cases where a murder occurred without premeditation, but a deadly weapon other than a gun was used.

Ramos is still being held in Yakima County Jail on a $1 million bond.

Ramos, who evaded police for several days following the stabbing, surrendered himself to Sunnyside police on July 7.

According to the Yakima County coroner's report, Holland died as a result of a stab wound to her neck. She was discovered dead at the motel, where both Ramos and she had been staying for the past several weeks prior to the incident, according to a Sunnyside police report.

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