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Second suspect arrested in slaying of three Pierce County men

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 13, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
May 13, 2011 2:31 pm

The King County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a second man in connection with the deaths of three Pierce County men who disappeared from work and were later found buried near a plant nursery in Kent.

Detectives booked the 25-year-old Kent man into King County Jail on Thursday afternoon on suspicion of three counts of murder and three counts of kidnapping. He was arrested in Tukwila, the Sheriff’s Office reported Friday.

On Thursday, King County prosecutors charged Alberto Availa-Cardenas, 36, with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Jesus Bejar-Avila, 25, of Lakewood; Yazmani Quezada-Ortiz, 26, of Tacoma; and Cristian Alberto Rangel, 19, of University Place.

Investigators said Availa-Cardenas and the victims knew each other. A motive for the slayings was still under investigation.

The victims were last seen Dec. 12. Their bodies were found in March with their hands bound in front of them. Each had been shot in the head and then buried.

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