Trial set for teen charged in jail officer's death

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by The Associated Press and azfamily.com

azfamily.com

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 6:39 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 10 at 1:13 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- A June 5 trial has been set for a 15-year-old boy accused of killing a Maricopa County jail officer who authorities say apparently was targeted at random when he was shot in his own driveway.

Leonard Moreno has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, aggravated assault and drive-by-shooting in the Aug. 8 death of 27-year-old detention officer Jorge Vargas.

Vargas was attacked while working on his car outside his home.

He was wearing his uniform that identified him as a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office employee.

Investigators don't know what exactly happened in the driveway before Vargas was shot, but police say Moreno was high, drunk and armed when he left a party and headed home, passing Vargas' home on the way.

Vargas was an eight-year veteran who worked for the sheriff's Custody Support Bureau in a jail food factory.
 

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