Michael Rodriguez, 25, of Sunnyside was formally charged with first degree murder in his Dec. 29, 2005 arraignment in Yakima County Superior Court.
The charge stemmed from the Christmas Eve murder of Rosendo Barron Hernandez, 29, of Sunnyside, who was shot to death at Harrison Avenue and 9th Street in Sunnyside Dec. 24, 2005.
Rodriguez is being held in the Yakima County Jail. His bail has been set at $1 million. A Feb. 13 trial date has been set, according to a spokeswoman at the Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney's office.
Related to the same case, Francisco Acevedo, 18, made a preliminary appearance in Yakima County Superior Court Dec. 27 after being arrested in Sunnyside Dec. 25 on a charge of murder in the first degree. However, Acevedo has not been officially charged in court with that murder. According to the Yakima County Prosecutor's office, Acevedo was not arraigned and is being held at the Yakima County Jail only as a material witness. His bail, set at $1 million in the preliminary hearing Dec. 27, has been re-set at $150,000.