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Murder suspect to be arraigned today

A man who turned himself in last Thursday in connection with the July 3 stabbing death of a 73-year-old woman will be arraigned today (Tuesday) in Yakima Superior Court.

According to the Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney's office, murder suspect Rene Joseph Ramos, 32, will be brought up on charges of second degree murder, which carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

During a preliminary hearing held last Friday, Ramos' bail was set at $1 million.

Ramos, who surrendered himself to Sunnyside Police authorities last Thursday, is charged with the stabbing death of Idise Irene Holland, 73, said Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder.

Radder said Ramos had been living with Holland in a motel in the 700 block of Yakima Valley Highway. Ramos reportedly fled the crime scene with his 19-year-old girlfriend, Abigail Alvarez of Grandview, who accompanied Ramos back to Sunnyside last Thursday when he turned himself in.

According to the 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 the Sunnyside police report.

Ramos, who contacted the deceased woman's family before turning himself in, had evaded police for nearly four days before surrendering to Sunnyside police officers.

He is being held in custody at in Yakima County jail awaiting his arraignment.

. Julia Hart can be contacted at

(509) 837-4500, or you can e-mail her at jhart@eaglenewspapers.com

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